Small wind turbines are making great strides the world over since the last 4 to 5 years. Although a small annual market for such systems currently exists in India, the market is driven mostly by the capital subsidy programme of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Almost all the current installations are, by default, in the stand-alone mode. With the increasingly severe energy crises affecting the country, it is time that we look into such potential micro-generation technologies that can meet the energy needs in the distributed mode, which will have long-term impacts. A huge potential for such technologies exists; however, costs are a major hurdle, and policies need to be oriented towards mass manufacturing and adoption of these technologies.

Based on the need of the industry, system integrators, buyers and users, WISE organised a unique training programme on 11–12 October 2011 in the WISE training hall, to impart quality training on ‘small wind and wind-solar hybrid systems’. The training covered basic principles, technology, range of applications, system designing and engineering, and financial viability analysis, along with available government incentives and policy. The reputed faculty was drawn from the industry, academia, and government agencies, besides WISE’s in-house faculty.