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Alternative Energy Institute Wind Test Center
The Alternative Energy Institute's Wind Test Center is one of four centers under subcontract from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory to test wind turbines to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Small Wind Standard, for certification by the Small Wind Certification Council.

American Wind Energy Association
Learn about distributed and community wind.

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Distributed Wind Energy Association
DWEA provides info about distributed and community wind, including a Zoning Resource Center.

Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool
State and utility policy makers, county officials, and other interested stakeholders can now explore the best ways to improve the bottom line of consumer-owned wind turbines with a new Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool.

Energy Savers Guide: Tips on Saving Money and Energy at Home
Energy Savers provides the latest information on energy-saving, efficient technologies, as well as tips for using clean, renewable energy to power your home.

Green Power Network Net Metering
The U.S. Department of Energy offers this resource for information on net metering programs.

High Plains Small Wind Test Center
The High Plains Small Wind Test Center is one of four centers under subcontract from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory to test wind turbines to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Small Wind Standard, for certification by the Small Wind Certification Council.

Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)
IREC is a non-profit focused on accelerating the use of renewable energy and energy efficiencies. You can subscribe to IREC's quarterly Small Wind Newsletter.

Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC)
ITAC offers a Unified List of Wind Turbines that participating clean energy programs and utilities can use as the basis for incentive or other funding eligibility.

Intertek
Intertek offers a third-party testing service for small wind turbine manufacturers that helps ensure component safety and reliability to the AWEA 9.1 Standard Testing and Certification.

Montana State University Extension
This site explores small wind applications for the home, farm, or ranch and includes informative fact sheets.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory's National Wind Technology Center
Learn about NREL's small wind turbine research: turbine testing, turbine development, and prototype refinement.

New Hampshire's Office of Energy and Planning: Small Wind Energy Systems
In 2008, the New Hampshire legislature passed HB310, creating a framework for municipalities to regulate the construction of small-scale wind turbines. In compliance with HB310, the Office of Energy and Planning developed a technical bulletin on Small Wind Energy Systems, which includes a model ordinance to aid communities in drafting regulations that conform with state laws. Although some of these materials are specific to New Hampshire, they should assist anyone planning to install a small wind turbine.

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)
NABCEP offers consumers a list of certified installers and sales professionals.

RENEW Wisconsin Small Wind Toolbox
Although some of these materials are Wisconsin-specific, the toolbox should assist anyone planning to install a wind turbine.

Small Wind Certification Council
The Small Wind Certification Council provides independent certification of small wind turbines.

Solar Energy International
This organization offers short courses on renewable energy and sustainable development.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Wind Electric Systems
Learn more about wind energy and energy efficiency.

U.S. Department of Energy's WINDExchange Initiative
The U.S. Department of Energy's WINDExchange initiative educates, engages, and enables critical stakeholders to make informed decisions about how wind energy contributes to the U.S. electricity supply.

Vermont Public Service Board: Siting a Wind Turbine on Your Property
This booklet serves as an aid for siting small, net-metered wind turbines in Vermont. Some of this information will apply to turbine installations in other states as well.

Wind for Schools
The U.S. Department of Energy's Wind for Schools Project installed small wind turbines at rural elementary and secondary schools and developed Wind Application Centers at higher education institutions. The program has ended, but related documents are still available online to assist anyone planning a school wind project.

Windustry
Windustry offers information on wind energy for homes and farms, as well as community-scale wind projects.

Windward Engineering Certification Testing
Windward Engineering's Certification Test Center is one of four centers under subcontract from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory to test wind turbines to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Small Wind Standard, for certification by the Small Wind Certification Council.

Reports

American Wind Energy Association. (2012). 2011 U.S. Small Wind Turbine Market Report

F. Oteri; K. Sinclair. (March 2012). Certification for Small Wind Installers: What's the Hang-Up?. National Renewable Energy Laboratory

I. Baring-Gould; C. Newcomb. (June 2012). Wind Powering America's Wind for Schools Project. National Renewable Energy Laboratory

J. Smith; T. Forsyth; K. Sinclair; F. Oteri. (November 2012). 2012 Built-Environment Wind Turbine Roadmap. National Renewable Energy Laboratory

U.S. Department of Energy. (August 2013). 2012 Market Report on Wind Technologies in Distributed Applications

Case Studies

Mahtomedi Zephyr Wind Project Is Community-Wide Effort

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Case Study: Byers Automotive, Ohio

Cross Island Farms, Wellesley Island, New York

Millstream Heights Apartments, Winter Harbor, Maine

Hodges Badge Company, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Wind for Schools Project Funding Case Studies, Part 1: Thomas Harrison Middle School, Virginia

Wind for Schools Project Funding Case Studies, Part 2: Cherry Valley Elementary School, Colorado

Wind for Schools Project Funding Case Studies, Part 3: Bloomfield Community Schools in Nebraska

Wind for Schools Project Funding Case Studies, Part 4: Begich Middle School, Anchorage, Alaska

Wind for Schools Project Funding Case Studies, Part 5: South Dakota

Town of Hempstead Wind Turbine

Port of Milwaukee Wind Turbine

Burke Mountain Wind Turbine, East Burke, Vermont

AWEA Small Wind Case Studies

Morrisville State College Case Study

Podcasts

REAP Funding Update, Part 1
Omann, R., U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development

WindLease Helps Consumers Save Money
Mamo, T., United Wind Co-founder

Small Wind Standards Beneficial for Manufacturers, Consumers
Forsyth, T., Wind Advisors Team Managing Director

Certification Helps Consumers Choose Satisfactory Small Wind Turbines
Sherwood, L., Small Wind Certification Council Executive Director

2014 Farm Bill Includes Important Energy Title
Olsen, A., Environmental Law and Policy Center senior policy advocate

Farmers and Ranchers Can Learn How to Put Wind to Work for Them
Daniels, L., Windustry

How to Bring Distributed Wind to the Home, Farm, or Business
Forsyth, T., National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Learning the Basics of Distributed Wind
Forsyth, T., National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Want to Incorporate Renewables on the Farm? Consider the Energy Pyramid
Hamlen, S., Montana State University Extension

What to Know About Installing a Wind Energy System on Your Farm
Hamlen, S., Montana State University Extension

E3A Podcast: Physics of Small Wind
Hay, J., University of Nebraska

Wind for Schools Program Impacting Nation's Renewable Energy Future
McGuire, D., Nebraska Wind for Schools Program

Small, Community Wind Empowers Rural Communities, Strengthens U.S. Economy
Rhoads-Weaver, H., eFormative Options

Small Wind Certification Council Works to Ensure Wind Industry's Credibility
Summerville, B., Small Wind Certification Council

Small Wind Certification Important for Wind Industry
Summerville, B., Small Wind Certification Council

Books

Wind Energy Basics
Gipe, P.
ISBN 1-890132-07-01
Chelsea Green Publishing Company

Wind Power for Home, Farm, and Business: Renewable Energy for the New Millenium
Gipe, P.
ISBN-1-931498-14-8
Chelsea Green Publishing Company

Periodicals

Home Power Magazine
Home Power is a bimonthly magazine for the homemade power enthusiast.

Solar Today
Solar Today often features articles related to small wind.

Webinars

2014

National and International Small Wind Standards: An ASES Wind Division Webinar

2013

Small Wind Policy and Standards Update: A Wind Powering America Webinar

2012 Market Report on U.S. Wind Technologies in Distributed Applications: A Wind Powering America Webinar

2012

Exploring Tower Heights, Financing, and Other Options: Live Demo of Distributed Wind Policy Tool v2: An American Solar Energy Society Wind Division Webinar

AWEA's Small Wind Turbine Market Report: A Wind Powering America Webinar

Distributed Wind Energy Association Activities: An American Solar Energy Society Wind Division Webinar

The 30-Meter Height High-Resolution Wind Map for Small and Distributed Projects: Its Value and Appropriate Use: A Wind Powering America Webinar

Use of Predicted vs. Measured Wind Speeds in the Distributed Wind Sector: An American Solar Energy Society Wind Division Webinar

Interstate Turbine Advisory Council: An American Solar Energy Society Wind Division Webinar

Small Wind Turbine Standards Safety and Function Testing: An International Small Wind Association of Testers Webinar

Small Wind Turbine Certification and Training: An American Solar Energy Society Wind Division Webinar

Distributed Wind Site Analysis Tool: An American Solar Energy Society Small Wind Division Webinar

2011

U.S. Small Wind Market Report: 144,000 Turbines Deployed: Community and Small Wind Webinar Series

Wind for Schools Project Overview: A Wind Powering America Webinar

Overview of the Distributed Wind Energy Association and its Activities: An American Solar Energy Society Small Wind Division Webinar

Tools and Techniques for Assessing Energy Yield Potential for Small Wind Turbines: An American Solar Energy Society Small Wind Division Webinar

Small Wind Policy Comparison Tool: An American Solar Energy Society Small Wind Division Webinar

Wind for Schools: An American Solar Energy Society Small Wind Division Webinar

Small and Distributed Wind: A Wind Powering America Webinar

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Current and Planned Activities in Small Wind Credentialing: An American Solar Energy Society Small Wind Division Webinar

2010

Estimating Small Wind Turbine Energy Output and Economic Performance: An American Solar Energy Society Small Wind Division Webinar

Wind for Schools Project and a Roadmap for Development of a Wind Workforce: An American Solar Energy Society Small Wind Division Webinar

Small Wind Certification Council: An American Solar Energy Society Small Wind Division Webinar