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Small Wind Site Assessor Training Agenda


Location: Great Falls, MT
Dates: April 9-12, 2013 9 AM to 6 PM
Instructor: Mick Sagrillo, Sagrillo Power & Light

Workshop description and objectives:

The Wind Site Assessor Workshop will lead participants through the background information required to perform residential, farm, school, and small commercial wind site assessments.

Participants will learn to:

• Do a basic analysis of the residential client’s energy needs;
• Make recommendations for energy efficiency;
• Determine the minimum acceptable tower height for the site;
• Evaluate the site’s wind energy potential and determine wind speed at the proposed tower height;
• Make recommendations for residential renewable energy systems and towers to meet the client’s needs;
• Estimate kWh outputs for the proposed systems based on the wind resource;
• Provide information and guidance on appropriate siting and location for a residential wind system;
• Provide a general cost estimate for the system;
• Provide a list of the next steps in making the system a reality
including permitting, utility interface, insurance, potential dealer or installers, and funding opportunities.

Workshop outline of topics: (one semester’s worth of work in 4 days!

Day 1, AM

Workshop overview, time line, expectations
Intro to small wind site assessments and assessors
Preview of Wind Site Assessor Certification requirements and Small Wind Installer Certification requirements
Review what a wind site assessment looks like (+ homework)
SWSA Learning objectives

Day 1, PM
Overview of small wind systems and efficiency
Where the wind comes from
Siting for wind systems: wind quantity (ground drag)
Wind profiles and how they are affected

Day 2, AM
Siting for wind systems: wind quality (turbulence)
How to estimate tower height
Turbulence intensity
Exercise: measuring tree and building heights

Day 2, PM
Good and bad wind installations– what to look for
Estimating surface friction coefficients–what to look for
What do you ‘see’ with topos and aerials photographs
Exercise: 1st site visit
Displacement height
Re-evaluating alphas

Day 3, AM
Determining wind speed at hub height
Estimating turbine annual energy output with calculators

Day 3, PM
Tower choices and installation considerations
Wind turbine design consideration and issues: aerodynamics, sound, cost, heavy metal, reliability —and why they matter
Interconnection of wind systems to the utility grid
Payback and small wind economics
Tower economics
Permitting and zoning
Small Wind Toolbox
Homework: re-read site assessment
Homework: read Wind Report Template
Homework: read Wind Report Supplement
Homework: review Small Wind Toolbox

Day 4, AM
Site assessment considerations: what to look for and why
What to do at a wind site assessment visit
Re-review: what a site assessment looks like
Exercise: 1st site visit
Exercise: 2nd site visit

Day 4, PM
Meet with groups to develop SWSA presentations
Present the “assessments” and discuss
Evaluations and certificates
– Strengths & suggestions for improvement

Probable certification requirements (pending reintroduction of Small Wind Site Assessor Certification):

• Attend Entry Level Wind or its equivalent
• Participate fully in Wind Site Assessor Training Workshop
• Excellent writing and computer skills
• Participate in an additional workshop covered in the NABCEP Wind Site Assessor Job Task Analysis
• Submit two site assessments to a mentor for review and feedback
• Pass a written exam for wind site assessor