What Is a Small Community Wind Project?

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A small community wind project is defined in this handbook as a project that costs between $10,000 and $100,000. In 2012, the capacity-weighted average cost to install a new small wind turbine (domestic and imported) in the United States was $6,960/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 will typically allow 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. 2012 Market Report on Wind Technologies in Distributed Applications"