Online Courses

Let's light up via online!

Due to covid-19 restrictions, preventing volunteers from attending our in person programs in 2020, we are launching a pilot remote online program, starting with 2 day courses and eventually delivering full on 1-2 weeks courses with projects, certifications and huge discounts for the in person program if certified from the online training.

These courses will provide some of the theoretical education received when attending the in person program in Peru. Thus you can take these as standalone from anywhere in the world (with a proper internet connection) and use the material learned to affect your own communities and regions OR leverage that learning back to the in person program and receive a discount since your knowledge would be valuable to the program, allowing you to focus more on practical development and exploration while in Peru.


Day 1

  • Intro to Renewable Energy

Nick Warren, Co-Founder and former Executive Director of WindAid Institute will touch briefly on what renewable energies are before launching into a practical explanation of their direct benefits at a micro-level from first-hand accounts of off-grid renewable (especially wind energy) designed and installed in Peru. Indirect benefits of palpable renewable energy work for engineers, rural communities, students, and young professionals will be discussed from a micro & global mindset. Some time will be left for discussion, and attendees can get any questions answered/comments directly addressed by Nick for up to a month after attendance.

  • Small Scale Solutions / Microgrids


  • Social Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion + Q&A


Day 2

  • Open source design and manufacture of wind turbines (in your garage)

Kick off Day 2 with a session from WindAid Institute's Head of Engineering, Ross Picken. We aim to introduce to you the principles of converting wind energy into electricity and how to build our turbines with off the shelf materials. Along with this overview, we will also explore Windaid's process of 'backyard' turbine building that was developed over the course of a few years by our volunteers, industry and academic partners. The goal of this session is to inspire you to build your own wind turbine in your community or househould and promote the development of open source technology.

  • Resource & Community Assessments for Micro Renewable Systems


  • Founding and Funding Panel Discussion + Q&A




Full two day course - $65 USD

1 Day course - $40 USD

Each course (if you want to take it individually) - $20 USD



Native Peruvian or indigenous community member - 40% off 

Native Spanish speaker - 10% off


Covid has robbed us of a lot of time but we can adapt. Use the lockdown time wisely to prepare for the in person programs or helping your own communities!