Understanding Small Wind Power

Mid Atlantic Community and Small Wind Energy Conference Mid Atlantic Community and Small Wind Energy Conference

Community Wind Across America presents a two-day regional conference on local, state... 

One company’s experience at the Small and Community Wind Expo One company’s experience at the Small and Community Wind Expo

The AWEA Small and Community Wind Conference and Exhibition took place last week... 

Small and Community Wind Conference and Expo- Oregon Small and Community Wind Conference and Expo- Oregon

AWEA will host its Small and Community Wind Conference and Expo in Portland, Oregon... 

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Electricity Markets

Turbines for “microclimate” winds Turbines for “microclimate” winds

Windmills in the Grizzly Peak foothills expected to pay for themselves in 5 years The... 

Iowa sees 41-MW wind farm Iowa sees 41-MW wind farm

-rpmaccess.com A 41-MW wind farm is planned for Delaware County in Iowa. RMP Access... 

Small wind spreads to Scotland Small wind spreads to Scotland

Small Wind turbine manufacturer Gaia-Wind Ltd announced the creation of a production... 

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Small Wind Electrical Components

What to do with Stray Voltage What to do with Stray Voltage

This unusual phenomenon, primarily affecting farm livestock, is the result of faulty... 

Texas Instruments’ Smart Grid Solution Texas Instruments’ Smart Grid Solution

Providing utility companies with a reliable, accurate and energy-efficient smart... 

Compact Weather Stations Help Measure the Wind Compact Weather Stations Help Measure the Wind

Wind is a limited resource. As such, finding areas where one can harvest the most... 

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Small & Community Wind Products

Wind farm planned for western South Dakota Wind farm planned for western South Dakota

A 50-MW wind farm is planned for western South Dakota. Minnesota-based Renewable... 

Southwest Windpower leads a 15% increase in industry growth Southwest Windpower leads a 15% increase in industry growth

U.S. sales for small wind sector in 2009 (the most recent numbers) have increased... 

Purdue U considers wind project Purdue U considers wind project

Purdue University is considering a partnership with private companies to develop... 

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Energy Policy

The big guys learn financing from the little ones The big guys learn financing from the little ones

The U.S. community wind sector, as a report from the Berkeley National Laboratory... 

AWEA 2010 industry recap AWEA 2010 industry recap

Despite significant challenges in 2010, the U.S. wind industry continued to make... 

Turbine manufacturer enters the retail business, offering utility program Turbine manufacturer enters the retail business, offering utility program

The program is available based on the company's 442 small wind power system,... 

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Small Wind Mechanical Systems

Clever Bearing and Planetary Drive for Wind Turbines Clever Bearing and Planetary Drive for Wind Turbines

Uncontrollable and highly variable wind forces adversely affect the performance and... 

Why Taller Modular Towers Make Sense Why Taller Modular Towers Make Sense

A modular turbine tower is one way to get around the shortcomings of conventional... 

Vertical Axis Wind Turbines vs Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines Vertical Axis Wind Turbines vs Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines

In the wind turbine business there are basically two types of turbines to choose... 

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Featured Small Wind and Community Wind Articles

Southwest Windpower leads a 15% increase in industry growth Southwest Windpower leads a 15% increase in industry growth

U.S. sales for small wind sector in 2009 (the most recent numbers) have increased fifteen percent from 2008 to $82.4 million, on almost 10,000 units. Southwest Windpower, the biggest among the world’s 250 small wind makers and the 95 manufacturers in the U.S., has sold 170,000 turbines since its 1987 founding. Andrew Kruse, Southwest Windpower’s... [Click Here for the Full Small Wind Tips Article]

How to calculate wind power output How to calculate wind power output

Most U.S. manufacturers rate their turbines by the amount of power they can safely produce at a particular wind speed, usually chosen between 24 mph or 10.5 m/s and 36 mph or 16 m/s. The following formula illustrates factors that are important to the performance of a wind turbine. Notice that the wind speed, V, has an exponent of 3 applied to it. This... [Click Here for the Full Small Wind Tips Article]

NREL tests small wind turbines for certification NREL tests small wind turbines for certification

To help the wind industry offer consumers more small wind turbine systems that are certified for safety and performance, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (or NREL) and the U.S. Department of Energy (or DOE) launched a Small Wind Independent Testing project in 2007. The small wind turbines were tested to standards adopted by the International... [Click Here for the Full Small Wind Tips Article]

How communities can establish wind plants How communities can establish wind plants

An emerging group of wind-farm developers are focusing on midsized projects and in places that traditional, large-scale developers are overlooking. These community wind projects, ranging from 5 to 80 MW, are cropping up in part due to recent financial incentives and guidance from firms such as OwnEnergy, based in Brooklyn, NY. “Several converging... [Click Here for the Full Small Wind Tips Article]

Can Residential Wind Power the Electric Cars of the Future? Can Residential Wind Power the Electric Cars of the Future?

I have been somewhat intrigued by the topic of wind power charging the electric cars of the future as of late. After reading through a number of blogs and different Q & A areas on the internet, I decided to take the question of feasibility into my own hands, so that I can calculate the outcome and offer you the facts. The first production scale... [Click Here for the Full Small Wind Tips Article]

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