OFF GRID LIVING ON A SHOESTRING BUDGET!
Mike’s Windmill Shop, LLC offers workshops to teach you how to be self sufficient.
Mike’s theory is to keep it simple. We will teach you to build a simple and easy to maintain system that will power your home for many years to come.
You will learn to be more self sufficient and to be prepared in case of emergency. Mike has over 30 years of personal experience with wind generators. He has been in the wind power generator business for over 13 years.
Gain your independence by learning how to save on your electric bills. Learn to live off grid or how to reduce your electric consumption from the power company.
NEW Continuing Education Classes will be taught in Show Low Arizona. Each class will teach a portion of the workshop and will be 2-4 hours long. These classes are ideal for people who live within 2 hours of Show Low Arizona and would like to take one section of the class at a time.
This is the schedule of Continuing Education Classes. We will update as more classes are added.
Off Grid Living on a Shoe String Budget – Introduction to wind and solar power class. April 23, 2016 at 9AM – Price $10 per person
Building a 6’ diameter Axial Flux Wind Generator. How to build the generator head and mounting frame for an axial flux wind generator. We will work as a class to wind the stator and build the magnet plate. Each student will have the opportunity to practice the skills taught during the class. You will also have the opportunity to go out on the test truck as we test the finished wind generator – Saturday May 7, 2016 at 9AM – Price $35 per person
Blade Making. How to make your own aluminum wind generator blades. This class is a companion class to our axial flux and PMA wind generator classes. This class will teach techniques that you can use to build your own wind generator blades without using specialized equipment. – Saturday May 21, 2016 – Price $35 per person
Off Grid Cooling. Learn methods that you can use to cool your home using a small amount of electricity. We will practice as a class how to build multiple types of coolers.
Saturday June 4, 2016 9AM – Price $35 per person
Knife Making. Make a one piece knife using rail road spikes, obtained from a legal and safe area. Each student will get to keep the knife that they make during the class.
Saturday June 18th, 2016 9AM – Price $35 per person
GM Alternator PMA Wind Generators. As a class we will practice the methods used to turn a GM alternator in to a permanent magnet alternator wind generator. These are the 5 foot diameter wind generators. Each student will have the opportunity to practice the techniques during class. You will also have the opportunity to go out on the test truck as we test the finished wind generator. Saturday July 9th, 2016 9AM – price $35 per person
Quick Charge PMA. Learn how to create a fast charge generator that can be used with a gasoline motor to use as a back up power source. Students will have the opportunity to practice the techniques during class. Saturday July 23rd, 2016 9AM – Price $35 per person
Call to register 928-532-1607
Choose the class that fits your needs and interests
During our workshops you will:
- Learn how to plan for your off grid home
- Learn about building techniques to minimize heating and cooling costs
- Learn building techniques for your power system using tools found in many home workshops
- How to maintain a wind or solar system
- Practice what you learn with Mike guiding you
- Learn to wind axial flux coils, using tips and tricks that Mike has discovered that make the winding easy and effective.
What else will we do/learn during the classes?
- Install wind generators and solar systems for off grid living
- Wire to an off grid home
- Run part of your home with off grid power while still keeping the rest on grid
- Test the power production
- Connect to an off grid inverter
- Size your system
- Use the power
- Reduce your electric consumption
We will provide all of the supplies that will be needed during the workshop. If you would like to build your own wind generators to take home. you can purchase them at a student discount while you are at the workshop.
If for some reason you are no longer able to attend a workshop that you registered for, contact us and we will allow you to transfer your registration to another workshop free of charge (please provide us with at least a 7 days notice).
Contact us by e-mail or call 928-532-1607 for more information and to reserve your spot in one of our classes.