Economics of Grid-Connected Small Wind Turbines in the Domestic Market

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Exploitation of certain niche markets for small wind turbines is one strategy that could help speed the commercialization of grid-connected small turbines. We review the world's turbine manufacturers, the utility grid-connected applications and selected niche markets for grid-connected small wind systems (0.1 to 100 kilowatts). Wind turbine installation and purchase are handled under threedifferent payment scenarios: paid in full up front, paid through a second mortgage, or paid as part of a first mortgage. We used a simple payback method to compare these scenarios and analyze the costs and energy produced for three different U.S. small wind turbines. When there is a buy-down program for the small wind turbine combined with other financial factors such as net metering, taxexemptions, and tax credits, a strong market incentive is created for the use of grid-connected small wind turbines.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2000
EventAWEA Windpower '99 Conference - Burlington, Vermont
Duration: 20 Jun 199923 Jun 1999


ConferenceAWEA Windpower '99 Conference
CityBurlington, Vermont

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-500-26975


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