13 Sep '11, 1pm

Is Distributed Wind Power the Answer? (Part Two) via @greentechmedia

Is Distributed Wind Power the Answer? (Part Two) via @greentechmedia

picture courtesy of Bergey Wind Tough times don’t last, but small wind does, according to Bill Bergey, President of small wind sector standout Bergey Windpower and President of the Distributed Wind Energy Association . Bergey went into the business in 1977. By the mid-1980s, Carter-era incentives were disappearing, natural gas prices were plunging and Bergey’s competitors were dropping like dominoes. “Almost all of them were out of business by [1987],” Bergey said. “We saw a 90 percent revenue drop in two years. There was almost room left for one company.” Bergey named two keys to his company’s survival. “We had the most reliable name brand with the lowest warranty cost,” Bergey said. And they went out and found new markets, supplying off-grid electricity for emerging North African and Indonesian rural electrification programs. Three-fourths of Bergey Windpower’s 1- and 10...

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