About this course

Are you considering installing or commissioning a wind-electric system? Learn the basics of residential small wind-electric system components and configurations.

Join wind expert Ian Woofenden for an introductory overview of the basic wind-electric components and their functions, and information to guide your thinking as you consider residential wind.

What will be covered?
• Wind Turbines: the pros and cons of different designs
• Towers: basics choices and rationale
• Transmission: wire choices
• Balance of Systems: charge controllers, inverters, etc.
• Storage: do you need it?
• Energy Use: your electrical “load”
• On-grid & off-grid systems
• AC & DC systems
• Size & Impact of Systems

Enroll and access Ian's lecture, a video tour of a functioning, residential wind-electric system, and articles on wind generator anatomy, towers and tower tools.

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Course outline

1 module • 9 assignments • 1:08 hours of video lectures

Module 1 • 5 assignments
Wind-Electric System Anatomy

  • Wind-Electric System Anatomy Presentation (01:00:36 hours)
  • Video Tour of a Small Wind-Electric System (07:53 minutes)
  • Bonus Article: Wind Generator Anatomy (.pdf)
  • Bonus Article: Wind Generator Towers (.pdf)
  • Bonus Article: Wind Tools of the Trade (.pdf)


  • Ian Woofenden

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    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... Learn more

Frequently asked questions

How does this course work?
You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. This 1 module course is delivered entirely online. The lecture video and other materials are available any time. After successfully completing the course, you will be able to generate a certificate of completion.
How long do I have access to the materials?
Students get unlimited access to the course materials as soon as they enroll and for one year (365 days) after enrollment. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. View updates the instructor makes to the course as the industry advances. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world. After the one year of access expires, access can be extended by joining as a HeatSpring member. A single membership extends access to course materials for all past enrollments.
Is there a certificate of completion?
Yes, when you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our LinkedIn integration.
Can I register multiple people?
Yes please visit our HeatSpring for Teams page to get a group discount.


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Execellent Intro to wind Turbine course, highly recommended for RE

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