Offshore Wind TurbinesCalifornia is set to see an explosion in offshore wind energy development. The industry has signaled a need for trained workers, but there are currently no wind energy technology programs in California. We propose setting up such programs at one or more community colleges in California to meet that need.

Workforce training participants will focus on the most updated skills required in the wind turbine industry through classroom and hands-on instruction. Our wind energy training program will teach participants the technical skills necessary to understand, build, repair, maintain and service wind energy equipment.

Wind turbine technicians are needed in California

Skills include rigging, torque and tensioning, AC/DC electrical systems, hydraulics, installation, weatherproofing, and safety. The curriculum will be developed with the participation of the wind industry to ensure the right skills are developed as this new floating wind technology progresses.

The goal of this training program is to prepare graduates for entry-level positions as wind turbine technicians that are able to continue advancing and upgrading the wind technology.

Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Power Partnership (LTWP) supplies 310.25 MW of electricity from Lake Turkana wind farm to the Capital Nairobi providing 16% of the Cities Power.

Vestas wind turbines in KenyaThe Lake Turkana wind farm is the largest in sub-Saharan Africa with a capacity of 310.25 MW. The 365 wind turbines that produce this electricity are spread over an area of 160 km2 in Loiyangalani district, Marsabit county, about 545 km by road north of Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. The wind farm is covered by a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between Lake Turkana Wind Power and Kenya Power Corporation (KPLC).

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