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Presenter: Michael Bergey

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City
1200 North Walker Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone: 405-600-6200

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:15 - 4:30 pm

Understanding the Technology of and Applications for
Small Wind Systems

   Defining small wind systems
   Reviewing technology and equipment
      • Horizontal and vertical axis turbines
      • Reviewing components and operation
      • Evaluating manufacturers and equipment

Understanding the Economics of Wind Energy

   Calculating the cost of the system
   Calculating the energy output
   Researching utility treatment of wind energy
   Obtaining incentives and rebates
   Calculating lifecycle cost
   Calculating return on investment

Reviewing Restrictions on Small Wind Energy Systems

   Understanding state policy on small wind energy systems
   Investigating land use and zoning restrictions
   Understanding the permitting process

Assessing Sites for Small Wind Energy Systems

   Researching sites using federal and state maps and statistics
   Obtaining wind energy assessments
      • Finding a wind consultant
      • Making sure you receive a comprehensive assessment
   Evaluating the suitability of the site from an installation perspective

Installing Small Wind Energy Systems

   Sizing small wind systems
   Choosing a turbine
   Choosing a tower
   Overview of installation process
   Connecting to the utility grid
   Non-grid-tied systems
   Using batteries to store electricity
   Repair, maintenance and longevity of systems
   Integration with other renewable energy systems

Case Studies of Small Wind Installations

   Examining residential, commercial and rural installations

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 HSW CEUs 
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW

     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 CEUs/continuing education hours to architects* in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Oklahoma.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA information under this course listing.

This course also offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors.

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.

*Oklahoma rules require course providers to verify the identity of architects and prohibit course participants from earning partial credit.


Michael Bergey

President & CEO Bergey Windpower Co.

A co-founder of Bergey Windpower Co. and its president since 1987, Mr. Bergey is a mechanical engineer (Univ. of Oklahoma) and an internationally-recognized expert in the fields of small wind systems, distributed generation, and green telecom. He has twice served as president of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and served on the AWEA Board of Directors from 1981 to 2007. Mr. Bergey chaired the AWEA Small Wind Turbine Committee for more than 20 years and authored AWEA’s 2002 U.S. Small Wind Turbine Industry Roadmap: A 20-year Industry Plan for Small Wind Technology. In 1994 he was recognized as the “Wind Industry Man of the Year” by AWEA. He is the recipient of the 2012 Small Wind Conference “Wind Advocate Award”. In 1981 Mr. Bergey was recognized by AWEA for development of the “AWEA Performance Rating Standard”, which was the basis for the IEC 61400-12 performance testing standard used for all wind turbines worldwide. He chaired the AWEA Small Wind Standards Committee and led the development of the 2008 AWEA certification standard (also adopted in the U.K., Japan, and Canada). Mr. Bergey is the first president of the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA), which represents the U.S. small and community wind industry. He also co-chairs the DWEA Federal Policy Committee. In 2003 Mr. Bergey served on Oklahoma Governor Henry’s EDGE Committee, which prepared a strategic plan for economic development in Oklahoma. He then served two terms on the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development. Mr. Bergey was Workforce Oklahoma’s “Cleveland County Businessman of the Year” in 2005. He served on the Norman Chamber of Commerce Board from 2003 – 2010 and was the Chamber president in 2008. He has served on the boards of numerous civic and charitable organizations in Norman and Central Oklahoma.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $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 live lecture presentation examines small wind energy system technology, the economics of wind energy, state and local restrictions on wind energy, site assessments, and installation.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify and describe small wind energy technology and equipment, discuss the economic advantages of utilizing these systems, and calculate their cost and return on investment.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to explain the need for site assessments prior to initiating a small wind energy system project to insure adequate energy generation opportunities.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to contribute to the design and installation of small wind energy systems, including the choice of a turbine and tower, size of the system, and selection and use of batteries for storage.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to access and understand restrictions on small wind energy systems, and they will be able to research how local utilities treat privately-owned systems.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with alternative energy generation.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 05/22/2022

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.