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80% of small #windpower market content is created in North #America, supporting 1,500 full-time #US #jobs #windworks

80% of small #windpower market content is created in North #America, supporting 1,500 full-time #US #jobs #windworks

U.S. small wind added 25.6 megawatts of new capacity in 2010, a big number for an industry that typically adds capacity in increments of one to ten kilowatts at a time. The numbers, just released at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Small and Community Windpower Conference, showed impressive growth. They also showed impressive resilience with a strong performance in a troubled economy. The industry estimated that there were 144,000 small wind systems in place in the U.S. at the end of 2010 generating 179 megawatts. The numbers revealed a new trend. Installed kilowatts were up and sales revenues jumped 53 percent, producing $139 million. But the number of units, estimated at 8,000, was down slightly from the preceding year, showing “a shift to larger turbines and applications that are beyond the residential market” and more suited for farms or businesses than for ...

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