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American Wind Energy Association
Learn about distributed and community wind.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
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 Permitting and Zoning Resource Center.

E3A: Exploring Energy Efficiency and Alternatives
This site explores small wind applications for the home, farm, or ranch and includes informative fact sheets.

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.

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.

Home Power Magazine 2015 Wind Turbine Buyer's Guide
This annual guide, written by small wind turbine installers, covers why, where, and how to install a wind turbine.

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 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.

Islanded Grid Wind Resource Center
With funding support from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Islanded Grid Resource Center is committed to creating a self-sustaining knowledge center and resource for isolated islanded grids using or considering wind power.

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.

Northwest Wind Resource and Action Center
The Northwest Wind Resource and Action Center is operated by Renewable Northwest in cooperation with Northwest SEED and the Oregon Department of Energy to provide timely, accurate information on wind energy issues in the Northwest. The U.S. Department of Energy provides funding support.

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 Guidance Memo on Quality Assurance through Wind Turbine Certification Requirements
The Energy Department's Wind and Water Power Technology Office issued a memorandum in 2014 recommending certification as a means of consumer and stakeholder protection. The memo encourages that public funds be provided only for wind turbines that have been tested and certified for safety, function, performance, and durability.

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 funds the Wind for Schools project, which helps develop a future wind energy workforce by engaging students at higher education institutions to join Wind Application Centers and serve as project consultants for small wind turbine installations at rural elementary and secondary schools. Teacher training and hands-on curricula are implemented at each K-12 host school to bring the wind turbine into the classroom through interactive and interschool research tasks, engaging young people interested in science.

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