2022 Prototype Manufacture and Installation Awardee: Sonsight Wind

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


The Sonsight Wind 3.5-kilowatt (kW) prototype turbine is designed to compete with solar power, meeting energy needs for a wide range of smaller-scale applications, such as powering individual homes and irrigation systems on farms and ranches in remote areas. The technology's innovative high-torque, low-rotations-per-minute generator permits the use of longer blades that, at moderate wind speed sites, generate the energy of a 5-kW turbine with lower thrust forces than similarly rated turbines. The 3.5-kW turbine is projected to ofer greater durability at a signifcantly lower levelized cost of energy. Sonsight Wind advanced the development of the prototype with a previous Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) funding award.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5000-87084


  • competitiveness improvement project
  • distributed wind energy
  • small wind innovations
  • wind energy


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