Local Wind Powering More U.S. Companies

American companies are increasingly making their own power — and sales — with wind turbines located near the factories and buildings that consume the power they make, concludes a report released today.

The 2015 Distributed Wind Market Report offers the fourth annual analysis of a growing field called distributed wind, which involves generating wind power near where it will be used instead of purchasing power from large, centralized wind farms. Distributed wind can range from a small, solitary turbine at a remote cabin to several large turbines powering an entire neighborhood.

"Wind plays a key role in the rising area of distributed energy," said report co-author, Alice Orrell, an energy analyst at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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"Although distributed wind is not as widespread as distributed solar, new third-party financing options similar to the lease model that spurred growth in the residential solar market could also grow distributed wind," added PNNL energy analyst Nik Foster, the other co-author.

Source: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Date: Aug 17, 2016