The Wind Energy Challenge
Distributed Wind Technology
Small wind turbine technology is the “gap-fill” where large wind technology begins to stagnate because of inherent challenges of logistics and power transmission.
- The term “small wind” is defined as wind-powered electric generators with rated capacities of 100 kilowatts (kW) or less. Small wind turbines are a “distributed” generation source with a very attractive near-term potential for low-cost, rapid growth.
Distributed wind technology (DWT) applications refer to turbine installations on the customer side of the utility meter or “behind-the-meter”.
- Allows customers direct use of electricity produced on their property, becoming independent power producers.
- Power directly connected to end users via “net metering” interconnection to local utility meters on-site provides a substantial reduction of utility dependence.
- The current power grid system is antiquated and strained; DWT provides a “right here-right now” solution to alleviate that grid strain by supplying a grid-CONNECTED, not grid-PRODUCED power supply.