Wind Turbines in the Built Environment: Summary of a Technical Report: NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Heidi Tinnesand, Michael Fields, Frank Oteri, Robert Preus, Edward Baring-Gould

Research output: NRELPresentation


Built-environment wind turbine (BEWT) projects are wind energy projects that are constructed on, in, or near buildings. These projects present an opportunity for distributed, low-carbon generation combined with highly visible statements on sustainability, but the BEWT niche of the wind industry is still developing and is relatively less mature than the utility-scale wind or conventional ground-based distributed wind sectors. The findings presented in this presentation cannot be extended to wind energy deployments in general because of the large difference in application and technology maturity. This presentation summarizes the results of a report investigating the current state of the BEWT industry by reviewing available literature on BEWT projects as well as interviewing project owners on their experiences deploying and operating the technology. The authors generated a series of case studies that outlines the pertinent project details, project outcomes, and lessons learned.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NamePresented as part of a WINDExchange Webinar, 28 September 2016

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5000-67273


  • built-environment wind turbines
  • distributed wind energy
  • distributed wind resource assessment
  • rooftop mounted
  • wind energy


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