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  • Thank you Jay. You were a GREAT instructor! I hope to someday have the opportunity to work with you again in the future.
    Scott Hackney, Bright Spot Wind and Solar

  • I definitely walked away empowered technically, but the additional benefit of having a deeper context around the why of solar power, and its significance in our energy evolution. Your passion and commitment to the cause comes through in your delivery of the class, and your willingness to engage each of us, despite a variety of technical levels, really lowered the barrier to effective learning.
    Vince Weseli, Cincinnati, OH

  • That was a very useful and informative class. Your teaching style was excellent. I haven't sat in a class for this long in 35 years. You kept the class interesting and interactive.
    Sugu Suguness, Cincinnati, OH

  • Thank you so much for putting all that knowledge on me. Regardless of test outcome i feel more certain about solarizing...and the message after yours was my AEP bill. I'll take that as a sign to get moving on my plans.
    Nancy Jesser, Columbus, OH

  • Thanks for offering the solar cert I just finished up a 8kW on grid, off grid system for a guy.
    Russell Gabriel, Athens, OH

  • We are very happy that we had chosen your Photovoltaic course in Newark. We learned so much from your course regarding photovoltaic cells , electricity generation, the techniques of installation of panels etc in a very congenial, friendly and laid back atmosphere. Your great input in this field encouraged us to work on a small project at home on small solar cells.
    Satyanarayana Kadim and Rajeshkumar kadim, Athens, OH

  • Jay’s knowledge on solar and related topics, delivered effectively through anecdotal experience and his pragmatic approach, is inspirational. There are very few questions he is unable to answer or provide a reference for. His enthusiasm for our success never waned even when asked the same questions repeatedly. I look forward to attending more of Jay’s classes and know that I’ll come away with more than I paid for.
    Chris Kenney, Cincinnati, OH

  • Jay’s solar power course was a refreshing introduction into the world of photovoltaics. I couldn’t have asked for a better instructor. He provides real-word experience that is thorough and relevant. Jay is well spoken and a gifted communicator. His class provides a solid framework from which to build knowledge and experience.
    Dale Ramsey, Pickerington, OH

  • From the beginning, Jay measured each student’s background and technical understanding. Our class experience ranged from doctors and engineers to tradesmen and finally students. His material is well-organized and delivered in a way everyone can understand. He provides a mixture of lecture and hands-on instruction, building on each topic in a logical manner.
    Dale Ramsey, Pickerington, OH

  • I’ve been a technical instructor for almost 20 years and Jay is at the top of the list of the best instructors I’ve witnessed. He engages the class from the beginning and answers the question: "Where we are…how we got there…and where we are heading?” Most importantly, Jay provides the tools and direction for each of us to make it happen.
    Dale Ramsey, Pickerington, OH

  • Having taken numerous classes, I consider myself an expert on taking numerous classes. Jay Warmke’s warm and thorough approach to the instruction of photo-voltaic installation exceeded my expectations in every way. His patience and perseverance left the entire class feeling as if no question was a stupid question and he complimented the classroom setting with his extremely funny sense of humor. I whole heartedly recommend taking any of his or his wonderful wife Annie’s classes you may be interested in, with no reservations.
    Nick Adams, Columbus, OH

  • It really helped me to re-assess our plan - better determine our household system. Great instructor! Easy to understand, stops and explains whenever needed. Jay is extremely effective and makes learning easy. All I knew beforehand was that I wanted solar, now I know what I want, but more importantly, what I can afford.
    OEFFA Session, Columbus, OH

  • Thank you so much for giving the workshop. My husband and I learned a great deal. We hope to visit Blue Rock again in the future. We came quite a few years ago when you gave a workshop on the solar oven. It was very interesting, you and your wife are doing society a favor by letting us experience and learn how to be practical in this life.
    Ken and Lorene Diehl, Columbus, OH

  • Jay - we have power! Thanks so much for your course - never would have tackled it without your teaching and encouragement. It was a challenge for me in several ways (including wet spring) but am now so happy to be through it! A 2-decade dream come true!
    Louis Iverson, Radnor, OH

  • The day spent at the Akron Zoo workshop was outstanding! Like most adults 50 years old, I have endured too many soul draining seminars and workshops in search of knowledge and enlightenment. Your workshop was awesome! The combination of "tech speak" combined with man on the street explanation was a perfect fit for me. Thank you for an informative, entertaining and valuable workshop.
    Dan Arthur

  • Thank you for the update and thank you for a great class. The class exceeded all my expectations. Learned a lot.
    Jim MacMillan, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

  • I had a wonderful time at your seminar. I was able to meet like minded people who are enthusiastic about the same issues and doing the same types of sustainable projects. The amount of the information that was given was tremendous. You kept the us entertained and engaged the entire day.
    Matthew Corbett, Cleveland, OH

  • The one-day PV workshop was extremely helpful, although I had almost "zero" knowledge before the workshop. Now, I know what to look out for and what questions to ask. That is an important step forward for me. It also gives me a better way of assessing whether I might want to take the full course next year. Thanks, Jay!
    Andrea Gorzitze

  • Stewart Brand wrote "We are as gods and me might as well get good at it" in the first Whole Earth Catalog. Well Jay is good at it. He has interpreted the technical, governmental and human nature involved in designing solar voltaic systems to be understandable. The first day really sucked me in with Jay's views of the energy business and reinforced my thoughts on the topic. His teaching method was spot on with this complicated subject. Jay broke each section down so it could be understood. He would often digress into some humorous stories that often had me laughing. Solar technology is changing rapidly and Jay gave us many ways to keep up with it. The price of the class will be paid back many times over the next few years.
    Jon Branstrator, Clarksville, OH

  • Just wanted to say you're the best teacher I have ever had and that just the experience I had in your class and the things I learned from you will carry on in my life. Thanks allot and I am so happy I got to meet you. Thanks again and I will keep in contact.
    Robert Anderson, Wooster, OH

  • Thank-you very much for the wonderful workshop last week. It was well worth the time and money. You are a wonderful teacher and did a great job packing in a ton of content.
    Howard Plevyak Jr., Cincinnati, OH

  • I appreciated you keeping us on track and working in the hands-on activities to solidify the book and classroom instruction. That was a perfectly designed learning lab for me!
    Howard Plevyak Jr., Cincinnati, OH

  • This training was one of the best theory and hands on training I have ever received an as a result I have built my second 10KW solar generator based on the instructions I received.
    James Mosley Jr, Ft. Campbell, KY

  • I also have to give a huge hearty YES to the PV Certification Training workshop Jay teaches--I came away with so much know how and information--and it is the same when I am at Blue Rock for a workshop, a cup of tea, or a tour!
    Sheryl Billman, Grafton, OH

  • The course certainly does what was advertised. I now know how to design almost any PV system.
    Christian Collett, Wilmington, OH

  • Again, I cannot say enough good things about the class! Great material, well taught, all around an experience I'll never forget!
    Chris Reznick, Flint, MI

  • I went into your course not knowing how to strip a wire or the difference between voltage and current. Now I'm wiring inverters, running strings of power optimizers, doing site audits, bending conduit to connect arrays, and of course annoyingly banging away on peoples roofs to find rafters to install the racking system.
    Ryan Conley, Maryland

  • I am particularly impressed by the method of delivery of the course content by the instructor and the guest instructor. The methodology of delivery of the course content was captivating and even flawless as topics that appear new were broken down and made simple for better understanding.
    Okhaigbe Fatairu, Abuja, Nigeria

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Small Wind Certification Workshop (Zanesville, OH) - Prepares for ETA Small Wind Certification
From Monday, December 18 2017 -  8:00am
To Friday, December 22 2017 - 5:00pm

Prepares Students to Sit for the ETA Small Wind Certification Exam

Want to learn how to install a small wind turbine electrical system?  Maybe you even want to become certified to work in the wind turbine field.  Now you can spend just five days of training (4 1/2 classroom instruction and 1/2 day taking the certification test) in a relaxed setting - to realize your goal.

  • December 18th thru 22nd:  at Zane State College (Zanesville, OH)

Early Registration Fee:  $970 (includes ETA examination fee, course materials)*  

Zane State University Students Register Directly with the College

(*by registering, you agree to the terms outlined in the Terms and Conditions)

The Location: Zane State College, Zanesville, OH

According to the 2017 US Energy and Employment Report, more than 100,000 people now work in the wind industry in the US - a 32% growth since 2015.

The course will consist of lectures (about 60%) as well as hands-on labs (also about 40%).  You will work with a working small wind turbine system, dismantling and re-installing it, troubleshooting and ensuring its proper operation.  You will also learn how to design and install a 30 foot small wind turbine tower.


This is an introductory but technical course on the design and installation of solar electric systems within residential and light commercial structures. Blue Rock Station has been approved as a Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System provider.   This course has been approved for 35 hours of LA CES health, safety, and welfare Professional Development Hours. It appears to comply with the AIA definition of Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) – related training.  While the Engineering organizations do not pre-approve courses, this structured course also appears to meet the qualification requirements for 35 hours Continuing Professional Development Education hours as defined by the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors.  Blue Rock Station maintains records and issues certificates and course content materials that comply with most continuing education requirements for professional designations in the architecture and/or engineering fields.

Professional Continuing Education FAQs


This course has been approved by the Union Education Trust as eligible for tuition payment  If you are a State of Ohio bargaining unit employee, the Trust supports programs that help bargaining unit employees advance their careers, improve their quality of work life and work towards achieving employment security. Trust programs provide financial assistance (up to $1000 annually) to defray the cost of employees participating in education and training programs.  All current OCSEA state bargaining unit employees, OCSEA bargaining unit employees in the State of Ohio Treasurer's office, and CWA bargaining unit employees in the State of Ohio Secretary of State office, who are on the State of Ohio active payroll or who have recall/rehire rights are eligible to participate and receive financial assistance for Union Education Trust programs. Eligible participants must meet specific program criteria and requirements.  More information at or call 1-866-436-7900.

ETA Examination fees (normally $150) and course materials (also around $150) are included as part of the course fee. VETERANS:  The Examination Fee is eligible for VA reimbursement. The course may also be eligible for VA or Americorps reimbursement (check with your contact at these agencies if you think you may qualify).


While we can't guarantee that you will pass the ETA exam, we can do what we can do.  First, ETA will allow you to re-take the exam one time for free during the year after your first attempt, should you prove unsuccessful during your first examination.  On top of that, we at Blue Rock Station will allow you to sit through the course a second time (space available) for FREE to prepare for that second attempt.  Such a deal...


Many students attend this course because they intend to install a small wind turbine at their home or farm.  They hope that this course will give them the tools they need to design and then install their system and save thousands of dollars (and it will).  As part of the course curriculum, we will design a small wind turbine project from start-to-finish.  This means that the students will interview the owner, determine load requirements, design the array, determine all the components (picking real-world options from the Internet), price the system, size the conductors, estimate voltage drop due to resistance, determine the battery bank requirements (if it is a stand-alone system), design the grounding and bonding system, and put together a cost estimate for the materials.

As a special offer to those registering for the class, on a first-come-first-served basis, we can use your project at this course project.  This means that if you register early (and ask), we will take the specifications for your home and project and use this for our case study. You will then leave the class with a completely designed small wind system (saving you perhaps thousands of dollars and feeling confident that you have a well-designed plan in hand).  So call today to see if the class you want to attend still has the project open - and reserve it for yourself.

Registration is limited to 10 students.  This course is offered in partnership with several not-for-profits.  The fee for this one-week course is $970 and includes:  Instruction, hands-on labs, textbook and lab material, ETA examination, and (in most cases) lunch.  This course is also eligible for VA and Americorps funding.  Scholarships may also be available based on need.  Contact us at 740-674-4300 for further details regarding the management of fees.

This course prepares you to sit for the ETA Small Wind Certification. More information available at

Examine the Various Wind System Components, How they Work and Why they are Selected

  • Identify the components within a wind turbine system.

  • Discuss various wind turbine blade configurations and advantages and disadvantages of each.

  • Discuss horizontal shaft versus vertical shaft wind turbines and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

  • Define Bernoulli's Principle and its effect on wind turbine blade performance.

  • Define tip speed ratios and how they effect the performance efficiency of a wind turbine.

  • Discuss braking systems.

  • Discuss pitch control and how it is used in the braking process.

  • Define and discuss passive stall and furling systems.

  • Define and discuss the yaw system in a wind turbine.

  • Identify the weakness in most gearbox systems.

  • Define how fixed speed, variable speed, synchronous and asynchronous generators function.

  • Identify the advantages of 3-phase power in a wind turbine system.

  • Discuss the selection process for ac/dc disconnects, overcurrent protection, surge protection devices, and voltage regulation.

  • Calculate wiring sizes based on ampacity ratings.

  • Calculate the effect of temperature and conduit fill on wire gauge selection.

  • Define wire insulation type and when to use various options.

  • Explain the process by which a rectifier converts ac power to dc power.

  • Determine how a shut down mechanism works.

  • Discuss the various types of charge controllers and how they work.

  • Discuss the various types of inverters and how they work.

  • Discuss the components within a battery system, types of batteries, and the various factors that affect the life cycle of a battery bank.

  • Discuss battery safety.


Determine all the Factors Involved in Siting a Small Wind Turbine System

  • Describe global wind patterns.

  • Describe local wind patterns, such as mountain/valley, land/sea, tunnel, and ridge wind patterns.

  • Define surface roughness and its impact on wind shear.

  • Define how obstacles create turbulence, wind shading that will affect the performance of the wind turbine.

  • Identify the various considerations when selecting a wind turbine site.


Explore the Various Types of Small Wind Towers, Advantages and Disadvantages of Each and how to Erect a Tilt Up Tower

  • Identify typical types of towers used in a small wind turbine system.

  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of tilt-up towers.

  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of guyed lattice towers.

  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of fixed lattice towers.

  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of monopole towers.

  • Discuss the problems encountered when mounting a wind turbine on a building.

  • Describe safety risks when working on or near towers.

  • Identify the steps involved in installing a small wind tower.

  • Erect a small wind tower.

  • Calculate guy wire length and anchor point positions.

  • Determine how best to ground the wind turbine system.


Determine how to Size a Wind Turbine System based on the Customer's Load Demand

  • Describe the Environmental Factors that Affect PV Output

  • Describe How to Calculate PV Output Given Changes in Solar Irradiance

  • Describe How to Calculate PV Output Given Changes in Temperature


Practice Troubleshooting a Small Wind Turbine System



Courses from Blue Rock Station have been conducted in affiliation with:

Registration is limited to 10 students.  This course is offered in partnership with several not-for-profits.  The fee for this one-week course is $970 and includes:  Instruction, hands-on labs, textbook and lab material, ETA examination, and (in most cases) lunch.  This course is also eligible for VA and Americorps funding.  Scholarships may also be available based on need.  Contact us at 740-674-4300 for further details regarding the management of fees.

December 18th thru 22nd:  at Zane State College (Zanesville, OH)

Early Registration Fee:  $970 (includes ETA examination fee, course materials)*  

Zane State University Students Register Directly with the College

(*by registering, you agree to the terms outlined in the Terms and Conditions)

The Location: Zane State College, Zanesville, OH

According to the 2017 US Energy and Employment Report, more than 100,000 people now work in the wind industry in the US - a 32% growth since 2015.

About the Instructor:

Jay Warmke is the author of a number of textbooks on renewable energy, including ASSEMBLING A SOLAR GENERATOR, WHEN THE BIOMASS HITS THE WIND TURBINE, UNDERSTANDING PHOTO VOLTAIC: A STUDY GUIDE FOR SOLAR ELECTRIC CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS, and more. He has received several awards including Educator of the Year (ETA),  Volunteer of the Year, and Pioneer of the Year from Green Energy Ohio.

Jay also serves as Vice President: Green Energy Ohio, Chair Person: ETA's Renewable Energy Committee and board member: Electronic Technician's Association (ETA) . He also teaches renewable energy at Zane State College, and various workshops on sustainable construction and renewable energy at Blue Rock Station, which he co-owns with his wife Annie Warmke.  Blue Rock Station is the premier sustainable living center in Ohio and draws visitors from around the world.

About the Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA® International):

Founded in 1978 by electronics technicians, ETA International is a not-for-profit 501(c) 6, worldwide association whose mission is to represent and support the technical professional. ETA aligns with international standards, vocational and education curriculums, and businesses’ resource initiatives through certification programs, conferences, speaking engagements, and book and journal publications.

ETA Membership:

ETA International members are professionals in all technical fields, including fiber optics, smarthome, renewable energy, customer service, biomedical, computer and computer networking, telecommunications, wireless communications, consumer electronics, video distribution, aviation, industrial electronics, radar, and satellite. Members range in occupation from college professors to beginner installers and technicians to company chairpersons. Learn more about ETA membership.

Certification Programs

Recognizing the need to verify that fellow electronics technicians had sufficient training in industry standards, including troubleshooting techniques, knowledge of test equipment, and installation procedures, ETA began providing third-party assessment through its own certification programs in 1978. Aligning with the ISO 17024 standards, and collaborating with education providers and industry professionals, ETA certifications test the knowledge and hands-on skills needed in today’s electronics industry. The organization currently has Stand-Alone Certifications and Journeyman Certifications for more than 80 certification programs in all electronics-related fields.

ETA tests and certifies thousands of technicians and industry specialists each year. The organization has its own Board of Directors, more than 600 subject matter experts serving on various certification advisory committees, a professional certification administration staff, training facilities, and more than 1,000 exam/certification administrators. ETA actively supports training and education through the development of study guides, technical monographs and seminars, as well as working with a large number of ETA-approved schools and courses.


Location : Zane State College, Zanesville, OH
Contact : Annie Warmke, 740-674-4300 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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