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What Is a Small Community Wind Project?

A small community wind project is defined in this handbook as a community wind project that costs between $10,000 and $100,000.

Three Excel 10S turbines on 80-foot GL towers provide power to a school in Bethel, Alaska. Photo from Pieter Huebner, NREL 26471

In 2014, the capacity-weighted average cost to install a new small wind turbine (domestic and imported) in the United States was $6,230/kilowatt (kW).[1] Considering the cost range for a small community wind project and the capacity-weighted average to install a small wind turbine, a typical small community wind project would consist of a turbine or turbines with a total capacity factor of up to approximately 14 kW. This project size usually allows homeowners, businesses, schools, municipalities, and other organizations to independently produce enough energy to meet part of their needs or to reduce their energy costs.

References

  1.  "U.S. Department of Energy. 2014 Market Report on Wind Technologies in Distributed Applications"