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Presenter: Clay Sterling

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Naperville, IL

Marriott Naperville
1801 N. Naper Blvd.
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: 630-505-4900

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):      12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:00 - 4:30 pm

Introduction to Wind

   Short history of wind

Turbine Characteristics

   Horizontal axis/vertical axis
   Low speed/high speed
   Direct drive/gear drive
   Constant speed/variable speed
   Collector size/swept area
   Drag devices/airfoils

Alternators and Speed Control

      Radial and axial
   Speed control
      Active and passive


   Guyed lattice, lattice, tilt up tower, monopole
   Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Assessing Sites for Small Wind Energy Systems

   The wind resource – wind quality and wind quantity
   Finding wind resource at hub height
   Siting wind
   Measuring trees and obstacles
   Establishing minimum hub heights

Sizing and Pricing a Wind System

   Size categories
   • Cabin, home, small commercial/farm
   Sizing a wind system
   Pricing a wind systems
   Energy efficiency

Small Wind System Types

   Utility inter-tied
   Utility inter-tied with batteries
   PV/wind hybrid

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

   Case studies – things that work and things that don’t

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
   6.5 PDHs

   6.5 HSW Contact Hours 
   6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

   Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

 Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW contact/CE hours to architects in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Illinois.

The American Institute of Architects has approved this event for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

This seminar also offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been submitted to any state contractor licensing board for continuing education approval.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Clay Sterling

Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Mr. Sterling has been instructing both solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind courses at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) for over ten years and is an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) certified instructor in both PV and small wind energy. He has a construction background gained from working in his family’s plumbing shop and working nine years as a commercial electrician on large construction projects. In 2009, Wisconsin’s K-12 Energy Education Program named him the “Non-Formal Energy Educator of the Year.” He also received the “Clean Energy Trainer of the Year’’ award in 2013 from the IREC.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Small Wind Energy Systems

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 6.5 hour course covers the technical and system equipment details of small wind energy systems and covers site assessment, sizing and pricing.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain the fundamentals of wind turbine technology, alternators and speed control, and towers.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to describe the the process for assessing sites for wind energy systems, including siting the wind, measuring trees and obstacles, and establishing minimum hub heights.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss the sizing of wind energy systems given the usage of the structure, and they will be able to understand the pricing and efficiency of wind energy systems.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to explain issues involved with tying small wind energy systems into utility systems, and they will be able to describe the potential for achieving solar photovoltaic/wind hybrid systems.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: An understanding of renewable energy issues.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 04/01/2022

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost, or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.