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Wind is one of the fastest growing sources of energy in the U.S. and abroad. As this dynamic industry expands, so does the demand for skilled professionals in a variety of areas.  The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is the leading trade association for wind energy systems -- both large and small wind generation systems.

Some of the jobs in wind energy listed in the AWEA job board include:

  • Renewable Energy Developer
  • Business Developer
  • Mrket Analyst
  • Regional Sales Manager
  • Wind Assessment Specialist
  • Assessment Delivery Manager
  • Ornithologist
  • Directory of Operations & Maintenance
  • Operations Specialist
  • Property Administration Analyst
  • Land Development Manager
  • Electrical System Operator
  • Field Service Safety Engineer
  • Construction Management Director
  • NWTC Mechanical Test Engineer

International standards are developed by the working groups of Technical
Committee-88 (TC-88) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the recognized international body for standards development activities.

AWEA is the recognized U.S. industry organization for standards development and maintains contact with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards development activities through the involvement of staff members and industry representatives on TC-88 standards subcommittees.

WG4 Safety Requirements for Small Wind Turbines

Standards for wind turbines with swept areas under 40 square meters (m2) were developed separately because of the unique control methods and features used by designers of these systems (such as foldable tails.) The separate standard was developed to avoid imposing costly requirements that would not result in improved safety of the smaller systems, which have different inherent risk factors than larger systems.

Scope of Work - Deals with safety philosophy, quality assurance, engineering integrity and specifies requirements for the safety of small wind turbine generators (SWTGS), including design, installation, maintenance and operation under specified external conditions. This standard is concerned with all subsystems of SWTGS such as protection mechanisms, internal electrical systems, mechanical systems, support structures, foundations and the electrical interconnection with the load.

IEC wind turbine standards

IEC 61400-1 Wind Turbine Safety and Design

IEC 61400-1 Ed2 Wind Turbine Safety and Design
Revision

IEC 61400-2 Small Wind Turbine Safety

IEC 61400-12 Power Performance

IEC 61400-11 Noise Measurement

IEC 61400-13 Mechanical Load Measurements

IEC 61400-22 Wind Turbine Certification

IEC 61400-23 Blade Structural Testing

IEC 61400-21 Power Quality

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) offers certifications and certificate programs to renewable energy professionals throughout North America. NABCEP began that work by creating a certification program for solar electric installers--referred to as the NABCEP™ Solar PV Installer Certification.


United States -- 50-Meter Wind Resource Map

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A wind resource map of the United States. This map shows the annual average wind power estimates at a height of 50 meters. It is a combination of high resolution datasets produced by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and other organizations. The data was screened to eliminate areas unlikely to be developed onshore due to land use or environmental issues. In many states, the wind resource on this map is visually enhanced to better show the distribution on ridge crests and other features. Orange is fair wind resource potential, pink is good wind resource potential, purple is excellent wind resource potential, red is outstanding wind resource potential, and blue is superb wind resource potential. Go to the Washington wind resource map. Go to the Oregon wind resource map. Go to the California wind resource map. Go to the Idaho wind resource map. Go to the Nevada wind resource map. Go to the Arizona wind resource map. Go to the Utah wind resource map. Go to the Montana wind resource map. Go to the Wyoming wind resource map. Go to the North Dakota wind resource map. Go to the South Dakota wind resource map. Go to the Nebraska wind resource map. Go to the Colorado wind resource map. Go to the New Mexico wind resource map. Go to the Kansas wind resource map. Go to the Oklahoma wind resource map. Go to the Texas wind resource map. Go to the Minnesota wind resource map. Go to the Iowa wind resource map. Go to the Missouri wind resource map. Go to the Arkansas wind resource map. Lousiana does not have a wind resource map. Go to the Wisconsin wind resource map. Go to the Michigan wind resource map. Go to the Michigan wind resource map. Go to the Illinois wind resource map. Go to the Indiana wind resource map. Go to the Ohio wind resource map. Go to the Kentucky wind resource map. Go to the Tennessee wind resource map. Mississippi does not have a wind resource map. Alabama does not have a wind resource map. Go to the Georgia wind resource map. Florida does not have a wind resource map. Go to the South Carolina wind resource map. Go to the North Carolina wind resource map. Go to the West Virginia wind resource map. Go to the Virginia wind resource map. Go to the Hawaii wind resource map. Go to the Alaska wind resource map. Go to the Maryland wind resource map. Go to the Pennsylvania wind resource map. Go to the Delaware wind resource map. Go to the New Jersey wind resource map. Go to the New York wind resource map. Go to the Maine wind resource map. Go to the Vermont wind resource map. Go to the New Hampshire wind resource map. Go to the Massachusetts wind resource map. Go to the Rhode Island wind resource map. Go to the Connecticut wind resource map.



Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green

Publication Date: 11/1/2009
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