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Welcome to the Spring 2012 issue of the Small Wind Newsletter.   


In this issue, you will learn about two recent small wind installations in New Jersey and Wisconsin. In addition, AWEA informs us about distributed wind markets, including a decline in installations in 2011 compared with 2010. A number of public policies were released, including new NYSERDA incentive program guidelines and new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wind guidelines, which include some differences between distributed wind and large wind. The American Association of Laboratory Accreditation accredited the Small Wind Certification Council. This spring two industry conferences will give you an opportunity to learn about the current state-of-the-art in small wind turbines and applications.  Enjoy the newsletter.    


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2011 Small Wind Market Report Released by AWEA

AWEA released their 2011 Small Wind Report summary at the annual Distributed Wind/Community Wind conference in DC at the end of March. While the US market declined by 26% because of the weak economy and some key states' incentive programs' fits and starts, the export markets were robust, allowing the US small wind manufacturers to increase their manufacturing by 22%. The full report will be published after Windpower2012. Read on


"Windplanners signing the turbine blades"
Photo Credit - Dave Strong, SED Senior Project Manager

 MAINE: SED Installs Wind Turbine at High School

Windjammers were large sailing ships made of iron and steel, originally used in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. These steel-hulled ships were the grandest of vessels, designed to withstand long ocean voyages and harness the wind to transport cargo around the world. True to their namesake, the Windjammers of Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport, Maine, recently completed a grand eight-year voyage of the 21st century. Captained by the students, the school undertook several years of research, fundraising, and the successful navigation of complex permitting channels to deliver a 100kW community wind project.    Read on.



WISCONSIN: City of Milwaukee Installs 100kW Wind Turbine

The City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, recently completed the Port of Milwaukee Wind Turbine project, which began in November 2011. The wind turbine is located next to the Port of Milwaukee's administration building, and is highly visible to commuters traveling by car or even high-speed ferry. Read on.


A2LA Accredits Small Wind Certification Council

The Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) recently announced that it has obtained ISO Guide 65 accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) to certify small wind turbines. SWCC certifies small wind turbines against standards published by the American Wind Energy Association, in this case, AWEA Standard 9.1-2009. Certification of wind turbines ensures that turbine designs are tested and evaluated according to industry standards for performance and safety. Read on.


US Fish and Wildlife Service Voluntary Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines

On March 23, 2012, the United States Department of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service released their "Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines," a voluntary approach to minimize the impacts on wildlife and their habitat, when siting a wind turbine. While these Guidelines are mainly geared towards utility-scale wind farms, sections are designed to cover all sizes of installations.  Read on.


Two Exciting Conferences Beckon Small Wind Community in June

For professional and amateur small wind enthusiasts, June is a busy time of year. Not only is it prime installation season, it is also the time of year to venture away from home, meet others involved in the field, get educated and entertained. The hardest part may be deciding whether to go to just one or both of the two June conferences designed to appeal to folks in the Distributed Wind community: AWEA's WINDPOWER 2012 and the 2012 Small Wind Conference. Read on.


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CALIFORNIA: Stakeholders Reach Momentous Interconnection Rule 21 Settlement

The settlement goal is to craft transparent rules that provide a clear, predictable path to interconnection for distributed generation while maintaining the safety and reliability of the electric grid. Read on for a summary of the key provisions.


PENNSYLVANIA: PUC Clarifies Third-Party Ownership for Net Metering

The Pennsylvania PUC issued a final order that third-party owned systems can net meter. However, the proposed order insisted that third-party systems be limited to 110% of customer's annual load. This would prevent third parties from disguising a wholesale system as a NEM system. Read on.


New Solar ABCs Report Assesses Rate Impact of Net Metering

A new report from The Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) was released today.   A Generalized Approach to Assessing the Rate Impacts of Net Energy Meteringpresents a comprehensive analysis of the impact of net metered solar facilities on non-participating customers' utility rates.  The report proposes a methodology to value net energy metering (NEM) based on best practices. Read on.



New Incentives reported by the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE), a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy. To access state-by-state incentives and policies that promote wind energy technologies, click here and select "wind (all)" or "wind (small)" from the drop-down menu.

NEW YORK: On-Site Wind Turbine Incentive Program Releases Guidelines

NYSERDA's On-Site Wind Turbine Incentive Program (PON 2439) guidelines and application forms are now available on NYSERDA's website.  The program has funding set aside for small wind projects through December 31, 2015.  The incentive levels are unchanged, but there are a number of other changes to the program.  Read on. 



These articles from around the U.S. give examples of how small wind is covered today,  good or bad.


VERMONT: Vermont Raises Solar and Small Wind Tariffs

Renewable Energy World, April 10, 2012

New tariffs for solar photovoltaics (solar PV) and small wind turbines were introduced March 23, 2012 in Vermont's SPEED (Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development) program. The revised tariffs were determined by Vermont's Public Service Board (PSB) after opening a docket in mid September 2011 and issued its order in late January 2012.  Read on


OHIO: Corkscrew wind turbine brings juice to Indians stadium

CNET, April 11, 2012

As the Cleveland Indians play their home games, an experiment in industrial design will be spinning just overhead. The ball park is hosting a wind turbine that uses a helix-shape tower to squeeze more power out of conventional wind turbines. The structure increases the wind speed, a technique companies have long pursued to lower the cost of wind energy. Read on


NEW MEXICO: Reservation's remotest corners get light with small-scale, solar-wind systems

The Durango Herald, April 2, 2012

Most American children never think twice about flipping on the light. They rarely, if ever, give thought to the electrical outlet on the wall from which power for their digital devices flows. And they couldn't imagine the idea of completing homework each night by candlelight. And yet, children such as Maria, 9, and Erika, 6, and their parents, Monica and Nathanial Johnson, who live on a New Mexico portion of the Navajo reservation, don't have to imagine it. That's how they live. Read on


ILLINOIS: Waubonsee installs wind turbine on campus

Valley Free Press, April 16, 2012

Waubonsee Community College's Sugar Grove campus recently got a bit "greener" with the addition of a new Skystream wind turbine. Measuring 70 feet tall, plus another 6 feet for each blade, the turbine sits on the northwest corner of the campus near the Academic and Professional Center. Read on


One very small wind turbine: made out of Legos

TG Daily, April 14,

Lego is going green with its toys with a 13-inch tall, three-bladed, fully articulated wind turbine that both turns and pivots. The City Wind Turbine Transit set-priced at $66.99 on Amazon at last check-also includes two miniature figures, presumably a construction worker and a foreman, an escort vehicle, and a 16-inch long truck and extendable trailer for hauling the wind turbine to the construction site. Read on



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