Distributed Wind Energy Resource Hub

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


Distributed wind turbines can be connected to an electricity delivery system or used in off-grid applications to serve on-site energy demand or local loads on the same distribution network. Wind turbines used as distributed energy resources can range in size from a few hundred watts for an isolated minigrid, to kilowatts for a single residence or small business, to multimegawatts to power manufacturing facilities or other nearby loads. Distributed wind energy can be used in residential, commercial, industrial, government, institutional, utility, community, and agricultural applications, diversifying local energy sources to help provide clean, renewable energy while increasing power system reliability and resilience. Today's advancements in distributed wind turbine technology represent a significant leap forward from previous iterations, largely attributed to substantial investments and dedicated efforts through the U.S. Department of Energy's Competitiveness Improvement Project. Established wind turbine manufacturers and improved technology help bolster distributed wind energy's role in facilitating energy transitions for communities. This resource hub is designed to help anyone interested in harnessing the power of distributed wind. It serves as a directory of curated, targeted links to resources, including: general distributed wind energy information, project funding opportunities, technical assistance opportunities, models, tools, and toolkits.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2024

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5000-88516

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102024-6157


  • distributed wind
  • distributed wind turbine
  • small wind
  • small wind turbine
  • wind energy case studies
  • wind energy for businesses
  • wind energy for farms and ranches
  • wind energy for homes
  • wind turbines for businesses
  • wind turbines for farms and ranches
  • wind turbines for homes


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