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Renewable Energy for the Developing World - Self Study


Author: Ian Woofenden

Subjects: Solar: Design and Installation, Other Technology: Small Wind

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Renewable energy (RE) technologies have broad application in the "developing world"- rural countries and areas that have less technology and infrastructure. In fact, bringing RE to poorer and more remote places can leap-frog technology that we have come to assume as "normal" in our modern lives, avoiding cost and environmental damage.

Ian Woofenden has been consulting, teaching, and leading projects in Central America and the Caribbean for more than a decade, and shares his first-hand experience with seven RE technologies.

Using photographs of real-world projects, stories, and lessons, Ian brings realism to our desire to help others, with insight into what works and what doesn't. Ian's Costa Rica workshops are featured in this 45-minute lecture that may inspire and entertain you.

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Certificates of completion are only provided to HeatSpring Membership subscribers. This course has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc) for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential.


Ian Woofenden


Ian Woofenden has been using wind electricity for more than 30 years. He is the author of Wind Power for Dummies and many articles on wind power in Home Power Magazine, where he works as a senior editor. He has been a writer, teacher, consultant, and tower jockey in the wind industry and loves to share his knowledge and experience, with an off-grid end-user’s...[more]

Course Outline

Watch 'Renewable Energy for the Developing World'

Watch Ian's 45-minute 'Renewable Energy for the Developing World' lecture, learn more about his in-person workshop in Costa Rica and upcoming 'Small Wind 101' training.

  • Renewable Energy for the Developing World (Video - 45:15 minutes)
  • Ian's 'Small Wind 101' Training (Resource)
  • Learn More About Ian's Costa Rica Trip (Resource)

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