U.S. Small Wind Market Report: 144,000 Turbines Deployed: Community and Small Wind Webinar Series
December 15, 2011
Windustry invited you to attend a webinar examining the market for clean, affordable, homegrown wind energy and recent growth in sales, capacity, and incentives for small wind turbines (up to 100 kW) powering homes, farms, and businesses.
This was the first in a series of free webinars funded by the DOE Wind Powering America initiative.
The webinar was designed for attendance by the general public, local officials, state and federal regulators, permitting officials, facility siting officials, state and federal policy makers, and others interested in small and community wind development.
America's small wind turbine industry saw substantial growth in 2010, highlighted by a 26 percent expansion in the market for small wind systems with 25.6 megawatts (MW) of capacity added, as well as a robust increase in sales revenue. Nearly 8,000 small wind units were sold last year, totaling $139 million in sales. The U.S. small wind industry represents an estimated 1,500 full-time equivalent jobs. Small wind turbines manufactured in North America typically incorporated 80-percent domestic content.
With small wind scaling up during the last few years, its benefits are becoming more noticeable. Growth in 2010 pushed cumulative sales in the United States to an estimated 179 MW of capacity-a total that reaches well into the range of many utility-scale wind farms. As a result, small wind is having a positive impact on the environment, as installations now annually displace 161,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. That is the equivalent of taking 28,000 cars off the road.
The webinar speakers discussed:
- Market Highlights
- Federal and State Incentives
- Small Wind Market Drivers
- Distinguishing Product Features
- Economic Value of Small Wind
- 2010 Developments and Challenges
- Industry Perspectives
Larry Flowers, AWEA deputy director of Distributed and Community Wind
Heather Rhoads-Weaver, eFormative Options principal consultant and DWEA board member
Lisa Daniels, Windustry executive director