25 Sep '11, 2pm

Small Wind Turbine Market Growing Strong in US

Small Wind Turbine Market Growing Strong in US

Small wind turbine market grew 26% in 2010 (in kW), more than any previous year. Nearly 8,000 small wind power systems were sold in 2010 for a record $139 million. Cumulative small wind turbine sales in the U.S. after 2010 bring U.S. capacity to 179 MW (from 144,000 units), nothing to laugh about. Fewer wind turbines were sold, but they apparently had a higher average capacity. (Average cost was $5,430/kW.) More of the sales were for grid-connected turbines than in previous years, representing 90% of sales for the first time ever. Sales come from over a dozen small wind turbine companies, including over a half-dozen U.S. companies. “Domestic sales by U.S. manufacturers accounted for an 83% share of the U.S. market; on a unit basis, U.S. manufacturers claimed 94% of domestic sales.” Turbines manufactured in the U.S. typically used 80% domestic content. 51 different wind tur...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/09/25/small-wind-turbine-ma...

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