Company: Northern Power, Southwest Windpower
Source: Greentech Media
Maybe small wind won’t be so small in the future.
The just-released American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) 2010 Small Wind Market Study shows the industry sold 9,800 turbines in 2009, a jump of 15% over 2008, with cumulative capacity coming to 9.8 gigawatts. Small wind turbines generate up to 100 kilowatts. That’s a 100 kilowatt turbine from Northern Power that was photographed at WindPower 2010 this week.
“Not bad considering there’s a recession going on and this is a big ticket item,” Ron Stimmel, AWEA’s Manager for Small Wind Systems, said in an exclusive interview with Greentech Media.
Small wind is still a niche, but it’s getting bigger. The total wind capacity added last year topped 38 gigawatts, with a cumulative capacity of over 159 gigawatts. Worldwide, the energy capacity of solar panels in the ground will likely surpass 30 gigawatts this year. Approximately 6.4 gigawatts went into the ground last year and the figure for new capacity this year will likely exceed 11 gigawatts.