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Wind Energy Education or Training Program at Minnesota West Community and Technical College

Here you will find information about the wind energy educational program or training at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. You can locate other wind energy educational programs or training on our Google Map.

A photo of the 35-kW, Vestas V15 wind turbine on the Minnesota West Community and Technical College Canby campus.

35-kW, Vestas V15 wind turbine on the Minnesota West Community and Technical College Canby campus. View a larger version of the photo.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College

1011 First St. West

Canby, MN 56220

United States

(44.7159/-96.2858)

Size: 35 kW

Technology: Vestas V15

Type: Community College

Status: Operating

Commission Date: September 20, 2006

More Information

Minnesota West Community & Technical College offers a Windsmith certificate, a Wind Energy Mechanic diploma, and a Wind Energy Technology Associate in Applied Science degree.

Discussion

Minnesota West's Canby campus has a 35-kW, Vestas V15 wind turbine that is uses as a teaching tool for its Wind Energy Technology Program as well as a supplement power source for the campus. The wind turbine's lattice tower stands 110 feet tall with 25-foot blades. It is projected to produce 15% - 20% of the needed power for the Canby Campus. The turbine will provide the students with hands-on learning experiences such as monitoring the turbine's output with in-house Scada controls, safety training, electrical troubleshooting, and much more.

Minnesota West worked closely with the City of Canby to gain approval from the City Zoning Commission and the City Council to erect the turbine. This project would not have been possible without the continued support and direction from Energy Maintenance Service, LLC, Otter Tail Power Company, VeraSun Energy, and Sebesta Blomberg Engineering.

Minnesota West also has a 76-foot, Zond 750 wind turbine blade and a base section of a tower from a Zond 750 donated by AES Wind Generation.

Project Content Last Updated: December 08, 2014