In the news: Small wind’s strong market, value for business and the community

In the news: Small wind’s strong market, value for business and the community

Sales of wind turbines for home use are going strong
USA Today
A growing number of people are investing in small electricity generating wind turbines for residential use, despite the bad economy, and backers of wind power say they expect advances in technology and manufacturing to make them even more popular.

6 Wind-Powered Wineries
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There’s been some talk about solar powered wineries lately. But what about wind power? There are typically two ways a winery could use wind for its energy needs. It’s now possible for any size winery (in a suitably windy location) to use small wind turbines to convert wind energy into electricity. Due to the increased availability and affordability of small wind turbines—thanks in large part to the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit—the market is projected to grow 300% within as little as five years. Anaba, August Cellars and McCall are leading the way with turbines of their own.

Are Renewables Edging Out Coal/Nuclear?
With recent news indicating that both solar and wind power generation is on the the rise and looking stronger every year, it might be natural to wonder if renewable energy is dethroning fossil-fuel based electricity production. Greenpeace seems to think things are certainly moving that direction, but it notes in a new report that more must be done if renewable energy is to take over as the dominant method of generating power.

Kansas town rises green from tornado rubble
When community leaders in tornado-ravaged places such as Joplin, Mo., consider the future, they look to Greensburg, Kansas. Destroyed by a powerful tornado on May 4, 2007, Greensburg is renowned for its rebirth as a community of sustainable living. The town has energy-saving buildings and landscaping at every turn, drawing curious public officials and tourists from around the world.

Department of Energy Awards Nearly $7.5 Million to Help Develop Next Generation Wind Turbines
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that six projects in four states—California, Colorado, Florida, and New York—have been selected to receive nearly $7.5 million over two years to advance next-generation designs for wind turbine drivetrains. Drivetrains, which include a turbine's gearbox and generator, are at the heart of the turbine and are responsible for producing electricity from the rotation of the blades. The advances in drivetrain technologies and configurations supported through these research and development projects will help the United States maintain its position as a global leader in wind energy technologies, support thousands of American manufacturing, construction and planning jobs in a key renewable energy market, and reduce the cost of wind energy in the future. The projects selected today will also help promote and accelerate the deployment of advanced turbines for offshore wind energy in the United States.

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