Large installations of distributed wind power turbines nearly doubled in 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) annual Distributed Wind Market Report.
Distributed wind power is localized wind power, which means the power is generated near where it will be used as opposed to being generated from remote commercial wind farms and sent over transmission lines.
The report found that the trend toward larger-sized turbines in distributed installations continued in 2017. The installation of turbines that generate 100 kilowatts or more almost doubled over 2016 levels. Overall, $262 million was invested in these large installations.
“While smaller turbines still account for the majority of units sold, this is the third year in a row that the installed capacity of larger installations is on the rise,” said Alice Orrell, who led the study at PNNL. “Whether used by factories, commercial businesses or even utilities, this wind power production can and does offset pressure on local electrical grids and the market seems to appreciate this benefit.”