With average residential grid power bills reaching record levels of $1,400, homes as well as businesses in rural areas are exploring small wind, on-site generation, and more than ever are installing them.
Defined as wind turbines from 1 kilowatt to 100 kilowatts of capacity, 144,000 small wind turbines operate across America. These machines provide power at the customer premise, normally a home or business, and cumulatively total 179 megawatts of generation. The small wind market is growing, as documented in the small wind market report at http://awea.org/learnabout/smallwind/index.cfm.
The report states that in 2010 more than 8,000 small wind turbines were installed, adding 25.6 megawatts of power. The small wind industry employs directly 1,500 people.