The wind where you are: Dodge City, Kan.


The wind where you are: Dodge City, Kan.

Named after nearby Fort Dodge, Dodge City, Kan., is famous for its history as a wild frontier town of the Old West. The city is home to nearly 27,400 residents, and is the windiest city in the U.S., with an average wind speed of 13. 9 mph.

Kansas’ wind resource makes it an excellent choice for small wind, in a variety of locations—homes, businesses or schools. Recently, Southwest Windpower donated one of their premier personal wind turbines, the Skystream 3.7, to Central High School in Burden, Kan. The donation is part of the company’s initiative to increase awareness and use of small wind technology and will provide students an opportunity to learn about the power of wind energy as well as reduce their environmental footprint.

In 2010, Kansas was ranked 5th in the U.S. for percentage of electricity derived from wind. According to AWEA, Kansas’s wind resource, which is ranked second in the U.S., could provide over 90 times the state’s current electricity needs.

In addition to a 30 percent federal tax credit available to qualified customers, Kansas’ state government offers many incentives and policies for renewable energy use including:

  • Renewable Electricity Facility Tax Credit – a corporate tax credit of 10 percent of the system’s cost for the first $50,000,000 invested and 5% of the cost that exceeds %50,000,000, this tax credit is available to commercial, industrial and agricultural sectors
  • Solar and Wind Manufacturing Incentive – an industry recruitment and support incentive, the state of Kansas may provide up to $5 million in financing to a solar or wind manufacturing project, available to commercial and industrial sectors
  • Renewable Electricity Facility Tax Credit (Personal) – 10 percent of the system’s cost for the first $50,000,000 invested and 5 percent of the cost that exceeds $50,000,000 is available to commercial, industrial and agricultural sectors
  • Renewable Energy Property Tax Exemption – 100 percent of the property tax for applicable commercial, industrial and residential sectors
  • Efficiency Kansas Revolving Loan Program – a state loan program for commercial, residential and multi-family residential sectors, the state of Kansas will provide a maximum $20,000 loan to residential projects and a maximum $30,000 loan to commercial and industrial projects

To find out if wind is right for you, get Southwest Windpower’s free evaluation at http://www.windenergy.com/assessment.
 


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