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Small Wind

Small-scale wind turbines up to 50 kilowatts in capacity (manufacturer's maximum rating) are typically deployed as single turbine installation providing electrical energy directly to homes, small businesses, farms, telecommunications dishes, or water pumps. These may be configured to feed directly to the end user of the electrical energy and may be able to take advantage of net metering laws allowing wind generation in excess of on-site load to be sold back to the local utility under certain conditions in each New England state. They may also supply off-the-grid, remote use. Small turbines are sometimes used in connection with diesel generators, batteries, and photovoltaic systems. These systems are called hybrid wind systems and are typically used in remote, off-grid locations where a connection to the utility grid is not available.

While the general technology and concepts are the same, small wind differs from larger, commercial wind farms in terms of economics and siting. The cost of energy of small wind is generally greater than from a larger wind facility or purchasing wind energy from the market. Nevertheless, small wind can become cost effective when sited appropriately and when directly displacing retail electricity. Specific on-site reliability and back-up needs may further improve the economics. Small wind, like on-site solar, can provide satisfaction to end users who produce their own energy.

Siting issues will need to be addressed up front in any small wind installation. Local and state codes will dictate the level of public comment, setback, tower height restrictions, and other requirements.

General Information on Small Wind

  • Small Wind Turbines

    U.S. DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Web site provides tools and information to help you evaluate small wind turbines for your home or small business.

  • Building a Market for Small Wind: The Break-Even Turnkey Cost of Residential Wind Systems in the United States (PDF 146 KB) Download Adobe Reader

    Edwards, J.L., Wiser,R. , Bolinger, M., and Forsyth, T. Presented at Global Windpower, Chicago, Illinois. LBNL-54865. March 2004. A study on the economics of residential-scale wind systems.

  • Evaluating State Markets for Residential Wind Systems: Results from an Economic and Policy Analysis Tool (PDF 812 KB) Download Adobe Reader

    Edwards, J., Wiser, R., and Bolinger, M. LBNL-56344. December 2004.

  • National Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)

    Lists incentives for small wind systems.

  • Small Wind Events and Newsletter

    The Interstate Renewable Energy Council maintains a calendar specifically for small wind events and publishes a quarterly Small Wind Newsletter

Small Wind Economic Model

The Small Wind Economic Model is a spreadsheet tool that can help you analyze the economics of a small wind electric system and decide whether wind energy will work for you.

Zoning for Small Wind Webinars

This Webinar series is hosted by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Small Wind Division. It offers interested small wind installers, potential buyers, advocates, decision makers, and others the opportunity to learn about issues related to the zoning of small wind systems (up to 100 kW).

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3/15/2007 Publication
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Department of Energy Issues Best Practices for Interconnection Procedures  ...more
7/23/2007 News
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Small Wind Turbine Certification Organization to be Created  ...more
4/1/2003 Publication
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Poster: Securing Our Energy Freedom with Small Wind Electric Systems  ...more
6/1/2003 Publication
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Small Wind Electric Systems: A Guide Produced for the American Corn Growers Foundation  ...more
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Small Wind Electric Systems: A U.S. Consumer's Guide  ...more
8/1/2003 Publication
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Small Wind Policy Options  ...more
8/1/2003 Publication
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Net Metering  ...more
Web Resource
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Small Wind Newsletter  ...more
4/30/1994 Publication
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Site Analysis for Wind Generators  ...more
Web Resource
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Northeast Sustainable Energy Association's Sustainable Green Pages  ...more

List of Installers and Vendors

  • Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, Sustainable Green Pages

    Find information about a wide range of people and organizations who offer environmentally-friendly products and services to people in the northeastern United States (New England and the Mid-Atlantic States). The Sustainable Green Pages especially emphasize quality building practices, energy services, and sustainable transportation.

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