American Wind Energy Association
WASHINGTON — The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has hired Jennifer Jenkins to lead efforts expanding the U.S. market for distributed wind power. Jenkins is the former founding Executive Director of the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) and comes to AWEA with over ten years’ experience in the industry.
AWEA, already the national trade association for utility-scale wind power, now adds distributed wind to its portfolio. In contrast with utility-scale wind farms, which are connected to transmission lines and have an average capacity of roughly 200 megawatts (MW), distributed wind systems are generally connected behind the meter or to a local distribution grid and can range in size from a one kilowatt (kW) or smaller off-grid wind turbine at a remote cabin, to a ten kW turbine at a home or farm, to several multi-megawatt wind turbines at a university campus, manufacturing facility, or small community. Read the entire news release here.
Small & Community Wind: AWEA Resources
What is small wind?
Small wind turbines are electric generators that use the energy of the wind to produce clean, emissions-free power for individual homes, farms, and small businesses. With this simple and increasingly popular technology, individuals can generate their own power and cut their energy bills while helping to protect the environment.
Unlike utility-scale turbines, small turbines can be suitable for use on properties as small as one acre of land in most areas of the country.
Small wind is defined as wind turbines with a capacity rating of less than or equal to 100 kW. Turbines in this category range in size from smaller than 1 kW for off-grid applications to 100-kW turbines that can provide village power. Fifty-four small turbine models are offered commercially in the United States for applications including homes, schools, commercial and industrial facilities, telecommunications, farms and ranches, and communities.
AWEA’s partner organization, DWEA (Distributed Wind Energy Association), is the leading expert on small and community wind power. Please visit the website to learn more about these types of wind energy applications.
- Reinventing Demand Response with DERs: Free SEPA Webinar
- Small Wind Guidebook, WINDExchange, Department of Energy
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
DWEA Lauds New ITC Legislation Supporting Distributed Wind Power
Industry Now Well Positioned for Rapid Growth
“Placing small wind on parity to solar for the Investment Tax Credit allows corporations as well as small businesses and farms in the heartland of our country to realize the monetary value of their natural renewable resources,” stated Ciel Caldwell, President and Chief Operating Officer of Northern Power Systems
“This type of support for distributed wind power grows America’s small businesses and supports the growth of U.S. manufacturing jobs. It also builds economic opportunity and energy self-sufficiency in rural towns from Maine to California,” noted Jennifer Jenkins.
Read more here.
DWEA projects 30 gigawatts of distributed wind capacity by 2030 and
tens of thousands of new jobs with the right policies in place.
Click image, above, to link to DWEA’s white paper, DWEA Distributed Wind Vision 2015-2030.
INCENTIVES, FINANCING & BUSINESS EQUIPMENT DEPRECIATION RESOURCES
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grants & Loans
Small businesses in eligible rural areas and agricultural producers, both rural and non-rural, who have at least 50% of their gross income coming from agricultural operations, may apply.
REAP grants provide up to 25% of the total project costs, and a grant and loan combination up to 75%. Eligible projects include renewable energy systems and the purchase, installation and construction of energy efficiency improvements. See REAP Fact Sheet for a complete list of eligible projects.
Nebraska REAP Program
Nebraska Rural Development Energy Coordinator
Business Equipment Depreciation Resources
- A Brief Overview of Depreciation, IRS
- Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System (MACRS), Department of Energy
- New rules and limitations for depreciation and expensing under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, IRS
- Publication 946: How to Depreciate Property, IRS
Nebraska Energy Office’s Dollar and Energy Saving Loans
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Loans. See information, above.