The good news is that the death of the alternative energy market has been greatly exaggerated. In truth, we are seeing an expansion of solar energy projects, biomethane projects, biohydrogen projects, geothermal projects, and Wind turbine projects.

In this article, we learn some details about the expansion of the small-scale wind turbine market. It’s good to learn.

Small Wind Power Market to Double in Size to $634 Million by 2015

by CGR Staff Writer

Power generation from small wind turbines is an increasingly important part of the broader market for renewable distributed energy generation. Small wind power provides cost-effective electricity on a highly localized level, both in remote settings as well as in conjunction with power from the utility grid. According to a new report from Pike Research, growth in the industry is being driven by increased government incentives and an expanded awareness of small wind technologies as an alternative source of electric power. Other market drivers include the desire for customer and community ownership of power generation and the recognition that investment in small wind turbines can be an enduring source of economic development for the rural locales in which they are typically deployed.

The cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts that the global market for small wind systems will more than double between 2010 and 2015, rising from $255 million to $634 million during that period. Within the same forecast horizon, small wind system installed capacity additions will nearly triple to 152 megawatts, and average installed prices of small wind systems will decline to just over $4,150 per kilowatt.

“The payback period for a small wind system can be 5 to 10 years in a region with adequate wind resources,” says senior analyst Peter Asmus. “These economics provide a strong value proposition for a variety of commercial, industrial, and residential applications. Small wind turbines are currently more efficient than solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and, therefore, more economical from a levelized cost of energy perspective.”

Asmus adds, however, that despite their benefits, small wind turbines have not enjoyed the same level of innovation when it comes to unique financing and business models, particularly when compared with distributed solar energy. Pike Research’s analysis indicates that business models gaining traction in the small wind sector include leasing programs and utility or third-party ownership. However, subsidy scams in California, which shut down the nation’s most popular incentive program in 2011, have raised questions about whether programs designed for solar PV will work with small wind, given the increased complexity of siting and optimizing power production from small wind turbines.

Pike Research’s report, “Small Wind Power”, examines the global market for small wind power systems including the equipment, components, and installation and service models to enable distributed energy generation from small wind turbines. The report provides a comprehensive examination of industry growth drivers, technology issues, regulatory frameworks, financing structures, and the competitive landscape. Global market forecasts, segmented by world region, extend through 2015. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the firm’s website.

Original post on

37 Responses to “Rising Winds”

  1. A little over a year ago, Alex wrote about David Breashears’ Rivers of Ice project, which documents how glaciers are receding. The BBC has a very cool slideshow that gives you a narrated tour of various glaciers and how they have evolved (devolved?) over the past decades. It looks great, and shows a large-scale effect of global warming. Kudos to David Breashears and his team! Vi… Read the full story on TreeHugger

  2. spursurang ecki says:

    Not wanting children does not automatically mean that you see them as a burden. Some people just have a lifestyle that is not ideal for a child. Also, a single woman who lives alone. I am never lonely. If I want to see people, I invite friends and/or family over, or just talk on the phone with them. I am a very private person by nature, and I enjoy being alone sometimes. Something that I could not do if I had a child.

  3. torrisabas says:

    Bάσει του Κανονισμού των Βασικών Διαπραγματευτών παρέχεται η δυνατότητα υποβολής μη ανταγωνιστικών προσφορών, τόσο κατά την ημέρα διεξαγωγής της δημοπρασίας, όσο και κατά το χρονικό διάστημα των 2 εργάσιμων ημερών μετά το τέλος αυτής, και μέχρι ώρας 12.00 μ.μ. της δεύτερης εργάσιμης ημέρας. Οι μη ανταγωνιστικές προσφορές θα ικανοποιηθούν στην τιμή της τελευταίας προσφοράς που γίνεται δεκτή στη δημοπρασία (cut-off price)…

    cutoff pricesettlementΟργανισμός Διαχείρισης Δημοσίου Χρέους ΟΔΔΗΧέντοκα γραμμάτια

  4. I am afraid that is the one thing we shouldn´t do ! For the these companies are greedy as hell… and all they do is to try to keep us dependant and charging horrendous prices. Besides they pay far to little for the energy we send…. No way ! The moto here is …be independent !!! all the best

  5. guand gustada says:

    Greenhouse gases rise to record high in 2010: UN – The amount of global warming-causing greenhouse gases in the atmo…

  6. twelleggle tarzmer says:

    Wind power will not destroy Vt.
    Barre Montpelier Times Argus
    I the Lowell wind project. Vermont needs all renewable options if we are to get serious about reducing our carbon output. If you are concerned about climate change, some cost-effective large-scale projects like this are a necessary reality. …

  7. I think when it comes to real estate the best way to save is through saving on realtors commission when selling your

  8. So the old roads are going to go where now? The nuclear reactors are going where now? since the roads will now generate power, and who is the we again, this technology has been around for decades, i think the video is great but it is a video and the copyrighters are all in line for the big new debt isnt that whats really happened here?

  9. ofchaila yann says:

    Actually the unwittingly may fix the global warming problem. No jobs, no $. No gas, no driving. No consumption, no production. Clean.

  10. lavardieth pier says:

    Wind power makes sense for Humboldt County: Bear River Ridge is about five miles south of Ferndale and is one of…

  11. jos salkowski says:

    you know actually pathetic? absolutely pathetic that you vote your own comments up, so shut the hell up old man…

  12. succi bobro says:

    can you tell me one single thing that myself OR Robinson has said that relates to at all? that comment was so idiotic that it shows you have no knowledge of history because you even understand what a nazi was… or maybe you do and this is as good of an argument as you could think of…anyone who disagrees with your ill informed point of view is a either way, you are pathetic.

  13. rumley bren says:

    Mayor Bloomerg – so refreshing to hear a politician so positive on what his team are doing to address global climate change

  14. Mr. Xi comes to Washington This week’s Washington foreign-policy agenda was dominated by the visit of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, the country’s presumptive next leader. Xi’s meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama was fairly cordial, but it fell to his direct — Vice President Joe Biden — to register a few complaints about China’s trade practices and human rights record. “As Americans, we welcome competition,” Biden said. “But cooperation, as you and I have spoken about, can only be mutually beneficial if the game is fair.” Mitt Romney took aim at the administration’s China policy in a Wall Street Journal op-ed this week, saying that the president had come into office as a “near supplicant to Beijing” and had since “demurred from raising issues of human rights for fear it would compromise agreement on the global economic crisis or even ‘the global climate-change crisis.’ Such weakness has only encouraged Chinese and made our allies question our…

  15. Chairman of Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, Dr C Rangarajan, will present the review of the economy for 2011-12 today.

  16. When DigiTimes Apple rumors, I usually ignore them. Today’s rumor that Apple will produce a cheaper 8 GB iPad 2 aimed at enterprise usage was just too silly to ignore. According to DigiTimes, “In addition to iPad 3, Apple is also expected to unveil an 8GB iPad 2, allowing the tablet PC series to cover different segments and to defend against Windows 8-based tablet PCs, the sources noted.” Apple has never been obsessed about market share, and why the company would suddenly want to go for a bargain-priced low-end 8 GB model to compete with an emerging product (Windows 8) or existing cheap tablets (Kindle Fire) is absurd. Sure, the price of the 16 and 32 GB “iPad 3s” will most likely be in the same range as the existing iPad 2s, but both private enterprise and government have been snapping those models up in huge numbers — even in a stagnant economy. This rumor is also completely at odds with another DigiTimes rumor — that Apple is planning to come out with a 7.85″ iPad that…

  17. marollini says:

    This one don pass global warming ohh! Omo see sun. If its dis hot in the east, who den knows what’s going on in

  18. podonicks kirkletin says:

    SEVILLE   – Spaniards in Andalusia, where a third of the workforce is jobless, voted Sunday in regional elections set to punish the Socialists and give power to the right for the first time. No region has been harder hit by Spain’s troubled economy, sliding into recession with crushing levels of unemployment even as the government axes spending to avoid being the next victim of …

  19. mchuettign massauerge says:

    As if we needed more evidence of how wrong Abbott is on the economy…IMF says Australian Economy leads the World

  20. Wind energy in Korea: Dongyang set to build wind farm
    Dongyang currently operates a 24-megawatt solar power facility in the complex. Another wind power plant with a generation capacity of 9 megawatts is under construction for completion in July. Dongyang Engineering & Construction Corp., a local builder …

  21. corkumura moto says:


    Bonneville Power calls for first wind shutdown of the season
    Sustainable Business Oregon
    Wind energy operators were forced to 97557 megawatt hours of wind power last year in a season of high water that with the first order last May 18th. “While it was we had to do it at all, we have some consolation …
    BPA orders NW wind farms to productionCBS News
    BPA Another 10 GWh Of Wind Energy Generation On American Windpower
    BPA wind generation due to increase of hydropowerPower Engineering Magazine
    all 74 news articles »

  22. Great Niche Growing Rapidly. Affiliates Can Earn From Their Water Gas Websites. New Raised Commissions! Includes 75% Commission On Amazing Back End Item. New Marketing Material Located At :

  23. dally dec says:

    “The problem of global climate change affects us all, and action will only be effective if it is taken at the international (1/2)

  24. Global Climate Change Forum makes fascinating viewing – around the world in a few hours + seemingly far more constructive than UN talks…

  25. Easy Energy Provides A Simple Solution For Those Wanting To Go Green And Save Electricity And Heating Bills Using Solar And Wind Alternative Energy! Affiliates Go To For Resources!

  26. “Well, the is only 7,000 years old. How can these “climatologists” lecture us when we have Dr. Lady to tell us what we want to hear.”

  27. sher masarn says:

    Cold front shows promise of wind power in the West: The cold front that moved through the Pacific and …

  28. Three debates and zero discussion of global climate change/global warming, does not mean this scientific set of facts has disappeared..poof!

  29. tognof ktar says:

    it was really foggy this morning, now its extrememly warmm… like 20 C hmmmm is it really global warming effecting this??

  30. target to be left at 41,000 gigawatt-hours per year by 2020, prompting advocates to predict a surge in clean energy…

  31. with her a the retired elderly, only this sentence will probably be enough. Financial Commission deputy director Jiang Qixian to equipment manufacture, a test section chief Speaking of timberland Factory? –

  32. jaffelli vio says:

    Sign it! I did since I’m a consulting company. We outsource some of our work locally and that helps the economy here.

  33. sada gent says:

    Global climate change may turn out to be the greatest market failure in history. – Nicholas Stern, World Bank –

  34. lubeth wage says:

    After a wind turbine was blown down in Devon this week, we’ve collected news, multimedia, websites and teaching resources exploring wind energy The UK has the biggest wind resource in Europe and yet only 4.5% our electricity is generated by wind. What is wind power and why have we failed to capitalise on our natural resources compared to other countries and what is the future of wind energy? We pull together the breeziest news, interactives, websites and teaching resources for you to use in class. From the the Guardian Wind turbine blown down A wind turbine has blown down in Devon. A spokeswoman from council said: “The bolts on the base could not withstand the the wind as we are in a very windy of the country.” Stop laughing please. Offshore wind: how the suction bucket technique works video With the help of a tin can, a fish tank and Phil de Villiers, head of offshore wind at the Carbon Trust and the Guardian’s head of environment, Damian Carrington, demonstrates…

  35. The Ultimate Consumers Guide To Wind Power
    This Ebook Offers A Non-technical Easy To Understand Approach To Wind Power. You Get An In-depth Tour Covering Every Topic From Selecting The Best Location To Choosing The Right Wind Turbine. Includes Candid Reviews Of Turbines Currently Sold In The U.s.

  36. davorson salski says:

    Well Congress, just how long before complete destruction of our economy if you let Obama keep spending & printing money??

  37. could be a bridge to a low carbon world but more focus is needed on solar & wind power …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *