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Small Wind Conference Coordinating Committee Members

The Small Wind Conference had its genesis in 2004 at an informal gathering of wind energy professionals at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s annual fair. The current SWC coordinating committee and a few more key players saw the need for an event that would support honest, open dialogue between installers and manufacturers of home-scale wind-electric systems.

From its “cozy” first conference in 2005 with only 42 participants, the Small Wind Conference has grown into an internationally recognized and highly regarded networking opportunity for everyone who’s anyone in small wind. Manufacturers, installers, distributors, site assessors, policy makers, advocates, educators, and other wind energy professionals attend the conference to keep up to date on the industry, improve their knowledge, and share their experiences.

The Small Wind Conference coordinating committee is currently group of six small wind experts who founded and have developed the conference since its inception. The coordinating committee is responsible for the program, format, and direction of the conference.

This group includes Roy Butler, Trudy Forsyth, Jenny Heinzen, Mick Sagrillo, Brent Summerville, and Ian Woofenden.

Roy Butler, Four Winds Renewable Energy

 

Roy Butler is the owner of Four Winds Renewable Energy located in Arkport, NY. In 1997 he founded Four Winds and took his home and business off-grid. He has over 18 years of design and installation experience which covers grid-tie and off-grid wind electric, solar electric and solar water pumping systems. Although he still installs systems, he currently devotes much of his time to teaching and developing curricula for small wind installer courses.

 

In addition to this Roy is:

• An IREC Certified Master Trainer for the Small Wind Installer Job Task Analysis

• A NABCEP Certified PV installer and a NYSERDA eligible installer of PV and wind grid tie electric systems in NY

• Co-Chair ( with Mick Sagrillo) of the NABCEP Small Wind Technical Review Committee

• Chair of the NABCEP Small Wind Entry Level Exam committee

• A founding member and past board member of the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA)

• A board member of  NABCEP and past board member of the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC)

• Co-developer (with Mick Sagrillo) of a Small Wind Installer Trainer Curriculum for eight Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

• A workshop instructor for Small Wind Installer Training for various community colleges and tech schools in NY, PA, MA, NJ, CA, MT and MN

• Recipient of the 2008 SWC Small Wind Installer of the Year award

• A small wind and/ or PV instructor for various organizations, including NYSERDA, Long Island Power Authority, Minn. Renewable Energy Society, Windustry, Solar Energy International, MSU Extension Service, and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, the NY CET Consortium and various NY colleges.

• A presenter of more than 140 workshops and presentations on solar pv, wind, pv/wind hybrid systems, and solar water pumping for the North Country Energy Fair, Vermont Solar Fest, PA Renewable Energy Festival, Midwest Renewable Energy Assoc., Cornell Cooperative Extension, Endless Mountains (PA) RC&D Council, Sustainable Energy Fund (PA), SEEDS, AWEA and others

 

 Trudy Forsyth

 

Trudy Forsyth has worked in the wind technology field since 1994 as a leader of National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)’s distributed wind turbine projects. Since 1995, she coordinated efforts between the NREL/National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) technical staff and U.S. manufacturers for designing new small wind turbines, verifying field performance and accredited testing of commercial small wind turbines. Her work at NREL is also focused on midsize wind turbines.

Trudy serves on a number of US boards and committees in support of distributed wind including the Small Wind Certification Council, the American Solar Energy Society and the ASES Wind Division, and the Women of Wind Energy. She is also the secretary for an international group of small turbine experts who are revising the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Small Wind Turbine Design standard (61400-2). She has been recognized for her leadership in distributed wind and her community focus by receiving an NREL Outstanding Community/ Professional Staff Award in 2003. In 2005, Trudy received a Special Recognition Award from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council for promoting the use of renewable technologies. And in 2010, Trudy was recognized as one of the ‘Top 10 Women in Wind and Solar’ by the Green Economy Post and by the IEC as one of its 2010 IEC 1906 awardees.

Since 2000, Trudy was involved in outreach through the Wind Powering America program and has given numerous presentations throughout the US on distributed wind technology, small wind standards, testing and certification, distributed wind markets and policies. Some key outreach activities include her inclusion in a national Girl Scouts Cadette journey handbook, her hosting of a wind NASA SCI File segment, and her interviews on Public Radio. She has given testimony on small wind technology and policies to various state legislatures and has worked with USDA, DOL and DOD on distributed wind projects. Trudy has authored and co-authored technical conference papers on small wind turbines, their design features, economics, and commonalities in the U.S. marketplace between PV and small wind.

 

Jenny Heinzen, Curriculum and Training Coordinator, Midwest Renewable Energy Association

JennyJenny is a licensed master electrician with a BS from UW-Stout in Career & Technical Education.

She started her career as an industrial electrician, and later spent 10 years working for the Wisconsin Technical College System teaching electrical apprenticeship, electrical code, farmstead rewiring, and renewable energy.  She helped develop the Wind Energy Technology program at Lakeshore Technical College, and assisted in the installation and maintenance of the four wind turbines on campus.

Jenny is on the board of directors for RENEW Wisconsin, serves on the Wisconsin Public Service Commission’s Wind Siting Council and helps with the NABCEP Small Wind Entry Level Exam.

Like many renewable energy enthusiasts, Jenny also collaborates with a number of organizations and groups to promote wind energy.

 

Mick Sagrillo, Sagrillo Power & Light

  Mick Sagrillo has worked with small wind for over 32 years. His current professional small wind involvement includes:

Mick

  • Distributed Wind Energy Association founding member and Board of Director member and current Secretary.
  • Co-Chair (with Roy Butler) of the NABCEP Small Wind Technical Committee.
  • Small Wind Certification Council Board of Directors, founding member, and current vice president.
  • Planned, organized, and presented at hundreds of wind and wind installation workshops over the past 25 years, both nationally and internationally.
  • Developed (with Roy Butler) the Small Wind Installer Trainer Curriculum Project for eight Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and funded by the Minnesota Division of Energy Resources and the Department of Commerce under a US Department of Labor Contract.
  • Developed (with Roy Butler) the ISPQ-recognized Small Wind Site Assessor Training for SUNY Ulster College in NY.
  • Developed the Wind Site Assessor Training and Certification Program for Focus on Energy and for the Midwest Renewable Energy Association as well as the MREA’s Wind System Installer, Design Considerations, and Maintenance and Repair workshops.
  • Conference presenter at dozens of wind and renewable energy conferences.
  • Columnist for the American Solar Energy Associations Solar Today Magazine, the American Wind Energy Association’s Windletter,  and author of hundreds of articles for various publications, including Home Power Magazine.
  • Co-author of the book, Power from the Wind, with Dan Chiras and Ian Woofenden, and contributor to a number of other books on small wind.
  • RENEW Wisconsin, founder and  Board of Directors member for the past 20 years, and current vice-president.
  • Developed and the primary contributor to the Small Wind Toolboxes, an on-line resource for Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy, on the RENEW Wisconsin web site.
  • Recipient of the first Small Wind Advocacy Award, by the Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America in conjunction with the American Wind Energy Association’s Windpower 2005 Conference, as well as many other awards and recognitions.
  • NABCEP Certified Small Wind Installer.

 

Brent Summerville PE, Technical Director, Small Wind Certification Council

Brent Summerville is a licensed professional engineer in the State of North Carolina with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Masters in Appropriate Technology from Appalachian State University (ASU).

 

 

He gained experience with small wind turbines while serving as the manager of the ASU Small Wind Research & Demonstration Site on Beech Mountain.

He received an award in 2009 from the Wind Powering America Program for serving as an ‘Outstanding Young Wind Advocate’.

He has co-authored small wind publications for Home Power magazine and presented at the annual AWEA Windpower conference, Small Wind Conference in Wisconsin, International Small Wind Conference, and Small Wind Association of Testers workshops.

Brent serves as a member of the maintenance team for IEC 61400-2, the IEC Certification Advisory Council, the USTAG for IEC TC88, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Small Wind Committee, a UL Standard Technical Panel and Small Wind Conference LLC.

He leads regional workshops and presentations on wind energy, solar energy and microhydro power.

Brent stays in touch with real technology by designing, engineering, installing and maintaining numerous local renewable energy systems.

Brent now serves as the Technical Director of the Small Wind Certification Council.

 

Ian Woofenden, Senior Editor, Home Power magazine

 

Ian Woofenden has lived off-grid with wind electricity, solar electricity, solar hot water, and wood heat on an island in the Pacific Northwest for more than 30 years, where he raised his large family, ran multiple businesses, and now focuses on educational work in the renewable energy industry.

 

His roles in the industry are:

• Senior editor for Home Power magazine since 1998, where he writes about wind electricity and other renewable energy topics, and works with authors and readers.

• Northwest & Costa Rica Coordinator for Solar Energy International since 1996, where he pioneered programs in renewable energy for the Northwest U.S. and Costa Rica.

• Wind electricity instructor for Solar Energy International, Cape & Islands Self Reliance, and other non-profit and private institutions.

• Occasional member of the Brooks Solar wind installation team, doing installations of Bergey Excel machines in eastern Washington since 2001. Also occasional member of the Whidbey Sun & Wind wind installation team.

• Co-author of Power from the Wind by Dan Chiras, and author of Wind Power for Dummies.

• Independent consultant and salesperson for residential and small commercial renewable energy systems.

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