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This two day course gives an introduction to off-grid renewable energy generation with a primary focus on harnessing wind energy.  It covers general principles and practical tips as well as the basic maths and physics involved with designing, making and installing your own off-grid wind turbine.
During the course we will assemble and install a 500W hand built wind turbine.  By the end of the course participants will have a good appreciation of the skills and knowledge involved with building your own DIY wind turbine (following the designs of Hugh Piggott); in addition to principles of how to correctly size, locate and install a wind turbine safely.

August 27th-28th, 2017 Coed Talylan Cost: The cost of the course is banded on the basis of income and includes food, accommodation and materials:

  • Up to 14K/year £120
  • 14K-20K/year £150
  • 20K upwards £180

Please note: If this course is undertaken together with the Off-Grid Solar Energy Course (26th August 2017), a 10% discount is available.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone with a growing interest in off-grid living and renewable energy generation. It will give a good introduction to both theory and practical aspects for small scale wind energy systems.

What will the course cover?
  • Approaches for measuring wind speed
  • Calculating energy yield and usage
  • Types of wind turbine: vertical, horizontal axis, turbulent and laminar airflow
  • Generator design, design voltage, current and power
  • Aerodynamics: aerofoils, drag, tip speed ratio
  • How to site a wind turbine appropriately
  • off-grid electrical setup
  • Assembly of a 500W hand built wind turbine
  • Tower rigging components
  • Installation of a wind turbine on a 7 metre tower, mechanical rigging and associated electrical setup

Time will also be made available to explore wider aspects of renewable energy, such as larger scale community projects and general strategies for sustainable low impact living.

Learning methods and outcomes

This course is taught via a series of informal lectures (including handouts), questions and answers, discussions and practical sessions.

The practical aspects of this course will demonstrate the use of typical tools and components used in DIY wind turbine installations.  It will also show many skills used in building a wind turbine system, including metal work, wood work and electrical setup/design. The theoretical aspects of this course will give participants a good introduction to the many considerations needed for designing a wind energy system.

Course Instructor

Suneil Tagore BEng MSc
Suneil has spent the last 9 years working in renewable energy and appropriate technology. He studied engineering at University College London and completed an MSc at Cardiff University working in the field of Climate Modelling. Since then, Suneil worked as an engineer at an educational charity (the Centre for Alternative Technology) and in the commercial sector working on medium and large scale community wind and hydro electric projects. Abroad, Suneil worked as a project manager for hydro and solar energy projects in Uganda with Partnership Overseas Networking Trust.  Suneil has recently been a visiting lecturer at South Wales University and has run courses on renewable energy at Atlantic College and Bath University.


Coed Talylan is a 70 acre woodland on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons. Nestled below the iron age hill fort of Garn Goch in the foothills of the Black Mountain it offers a secluded and peaceful location for our course participants to learn and explore the potential of applying agroecology within a co-sufficient community settlement.
Accommodation is available for camping around our guest lodge, an A-frame wooden cabin with kitchen and dining/living space. We have running filtered spring water throughout the site, compost toilets and wash facilities.


Lunch will be provided on one day courses/events.  Breakfast and evening meals are also provided for those staying for longer duration courses.  Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available throughout.


On a sliding scale according to income, fees for the entire course are:

Up to 14K/year £120
14K-20K/year £150
20K upwards £180

We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding and rely on large amounts of voluntary input. Concessions are available for pensioners, unemployed and full-time students

See the Coed Talylan Terms and Conditions.

Booking and Paying for your place

To book a place on the course contact us by phone or e-mail and we’ll send you a booking form. Please note that we ask that you pay a 25% non refundable deposit to secure a place on the course and that the course fees are paid at least 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the course.

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