Distributed Wind Case Study: Cross Island Farms, Wellesley Island, New York (Fact Sheet)

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Installing a small wind turbine can sometimes be difficult due to economics, zoning issues, public perception, and other barriers. Persistence and innovation, however, can result in a successful installation. Dani Baker and David Belding own Cross Island Farms, a 102-acre certified organic farm on Wellesley Island in northern New York. In 2009, they took their interest in renewable energy to thenext level by researching the logistics of a small wind installation on their land to make their farm even more sustainable. Their renewable energy system consists of one 10-kilowatt Bergey Excel wind turbine, a solar array, and a propane-powered generator. This case study describes funding for the project and the installation process.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2012

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5000-53626


  • distributed wind
  • hybrid systems
  • New York
  • renewable energy systems
  • small wind
  • wind energy
  • wind turbine
  • wind turbine barriers
  • wind turbine installation barriers


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