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MSU Extension offering small wind turbine site assessment course in Great Falls

March 25, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Montana State University Extension will host nationally recognized small wind expert Mick Sagrillo for a small wind turbine site assessment training course in Great Falls on April 9-12.

The course will cover site considerations, wind resource assessments and energy production estimates associated with proper installation of small wind systems, which generate less than 100 kilowatts.

The "Small Wind Site Assessor Workshop" is designed around the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) small wind - systems- site analysis best practices. It will provide participants with the background information required to perform residential, farm, school and small commercial wind site assessments.

Participants will learn to: do a basic analysis of residential energy needs; make energy efficiency recommendations; determine minimum acceptable site tower height; evaluate the site's wind energy potential and determine wind speed at proposed tower height; make recommendations for residential renewable energy systems and towers; and estimate kWh outputs for proposed systems based on the wind resource.

They also will learn how to provide: information and guidance on appropriate siting and location; a general cost estimate; a list of next steps in making the system a reality, including permitting, utility interface, insurance, potential dealers or installers, and funding opportunities.

Sagrillo has more than 32 years of experience in project planning, installation, service and repair to education, curriculum development and consulting. He has written extensively for Home Power Magazine, the American Wind Energy Association's Windletter, the American Solar Energy Society's Solar Today Magazine, as well as other publications. He has advised on several wind energy books, and is co-author of the book "Power from the Wind."  

The course is open to the public and will be offered April 9-12 at MSU-Great Falls. The course registration fee is $250 and prior registration by Wednesday, April 3, is required.

For more information or to register, go to or call Sarah Hamlen at (406) 209-7679. This training is sponsored by the Wind Montana Project, MSU Extension, Great Falls College MSU and Northwestern Energy.

Contact: Sarah Hamlen, (406) 209-7679,