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 Small Wind Turbine Equipment Providers

important Questions to Ask When Shopping for a Small Wind System

Adapted from the June/July 2009 issue of Home Power Magazine, www.homepower.com, 800-707-6585

Equipment manufacturers or their dealers should be able to answer the following questions about their products (see also www.awea.org/smallwind/faq.html):

  • What is the energy output (measured in kilowatt-hours or kWh – not in kilowatts or kW) of the turbine, over one year, in average wind speeds of 8 to 14 mph?  Is this calculated using real-life ("field") data (preferred), or laboratory / wind tunnel testing?
  • Can you refer me to other customers who have owned [Model X] for a period of time?  (The longer, the better.)
  • What is the warranty length and coverage (industry standard is 5 years)?
  • Has the turbine/tower ever gone through a reliability test?  By whom?  For how long?  What were the results?
  • How long has the company been producing turbines?
  • How long has [Model X] turbine been available to sale to ordinary customers – not in the prototype or beta testing phase?
  • For how long was the prototype tested?  By whom?  In the field or in a laboratory?
  • How many turbines of [Model X] been sold, and for how many years? How many of these are still running?
  • How frequently has [Model X] been redesigned?  What were those changes and how recent were they?
  • What problems have other customers encountered and how have you dealt with them?

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has compiled the following list of U.S. manufacturers and suppliers of wind turbines for use in residential, farm, and commercial/industrial applications. Many have Web sites or are accessible through E-mail links. Links are also provided to the company listings on the AWEA Industry Member Directory.

The following is a list of turbines that are eligible for financial incentives by the California Energy Commission and/or the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and are AWEA Corporate members (see http://www.powernaturally.com/Programs/Wind/qualified_wind.asp?i=8 and http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/cgi-bin/eligible_smallwind.cg), and/or are determined by AWEA's Small Wind Turbine Committee as commercially available with multiple publicly accessible operational installations in the U.S.:

Manufacturer Models (Rated Capacity)
Abundant Renewable Energy
www.abundantre.com
ARE110 (2.5KW), ARE442 (10KW)
Aerostar
www.aerostarwind.com
Aerostar 6 Meter (10KW)
Aerostar Independence (10-30 kW)
AeroVironment
www.avinc.com
AVX-1000 (1kW system)
Bergey Windpower Co.
www.bergey.com
BWC XL.1 (1 kW),
BWC EXCEL (10 kW)

Cascade Engineering, Inc.
www.swiftwindturbine.com

SWIFT Wind Turbine (1.0 kW)

Endurance Wind Power
www.endurancewindpower.com
E3120 50kW, G3120 35kW, S343 5kW
Energy Maintenance Service
www.energyms.com
E15 (35 kW or 65 kW)
Entegrity Wind Systems
www.entegritywind.com
EW50 (50 kW)
Gaia-Wind Ltd
www.gaia-wind.com
11kW
Mariah Power
www.mariahpower.com
Windspire (1.2 kW)
Northern Power
www.northernpower.com
NPS 100 (100 kW)
Proven Energy, Ltd.
www.provenenergy.co.uk
Proven 2.5 (2.5kW), Proven 6 (6kW), Proven 15 (15kW)
ReDriven Power, Inc.
www.redriven.net
2kW   5kW   10kW   20kW
Southwest Windpower Co.
www.windenergy.com
AIRX (400 W), Whisper 100
(900 W), Whisper 200 (1 kW), Whisper 500 (3 kW),
Skystream 3.7(1.8 KW)
TechnoSpin Inc.
www.tswind.com
PowerSpin TSW 2000 (2KW), ComSpin C 2000 (2KW)
Urban Green Energy
www.urbangreenenergy.com
UGE-300 (300W rated capacity),
UGE-1K (1kW rated capacity),
UGE-4K (4kW rated capacity)
Ventera Energy, Inc.
www.venteraenergy.com
VT10 (10kW)
WePOWER
www.wepower.us
Falcon
1.2kW   3.4kW   5.5kW   12kW
Windvertiser
Wind Energy Solutions Canada
www.windenergysolutions.ca
WES 5 Tulipo - (5 Metre Rotor Dia. - 2.5 kW), WES 18 - (18 Metre Rotor Dia. - 80 kW), WES 30 - (30 Metre Rotor Dia. - 250 kW)

Wind Turbine Industries Corp.
www.windturbine.net

23-10 Jacobs (10 kW),
31-20 Jacobs (20 kW)

Abundant Renewable Energy
Aerostar, Inc

PO Box 52
Westport Point, MA 02791
Phone: (508) 636-5200
Fax: (503) 636-3192
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Web: www.aerostarwind.com
Contact: Paul L. Gay

AEROSTAR wind turbines utilize induction generators allowing simple direct utility interconnection without the need for an inverter.  The two blade teetering rotor substantially reduces loads on the turbine and tower resulting in a smooth running, efficient and low cost system.  Although the turbine design goes back to the early 1980s, the design incorporates the latest advances in materials and technology.  Advances include variable generator excitation control which substantially improves energy capture at low wind speeds, aerodynamic rotor control to ensure safe operation and acoustic isolation of moving parts for extremely quiet operation.  All systems are available with a color touch screen display, data logging of wind speeds and turbine output and an Ethernet interface so you can monitor your turbine performance from anywhere in the world.

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Bergey Windpower Company
Cascade Engineering, Inc. - SWIFT Wind Turbine
Endurance Wind Power
Energy Maintenance Service, LLC
Entegrity Wind Systems
Gaia-Wind Ltd
Mariah Power
Proven Energy Ltd
ReDriven Power
 Southwest Windpower
TechnoSpin Inc.

601 W 26th St
New York NY 10001-1129
Phone: (212) 751-8336
Fax: (212) 656-1444
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Web: www.tswind.com
Contact: Mark Segal

TechnoSpin develops and manufactures revolutionary small wind energy systems. Our cutting edge blade technology and in-house expertise allows us to offer cost-efficient and easily customized wind power solutions to fulfill consumer, business and industrial needs at grid-connected and off-grid locations worldwide.

The turbine (with rotor diameter of 9.84ft) produces between 2,000 and 12,000 kWh per year in average winds of 9 and 25mph, respectively.  Key product advantages include: quiet enough to have a conversation at its base while the turbine is at full operating speed; negligible vibration; light weight and low load; and easy installation.

TechnoSpin wind turbines offer solutions for residential commercial use, street and highway lighting, security control systems, and many other applications. Our turbines are especially suitable for roof-top and telecom tower installation.

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Urban Green Energy
Ventera Energy
 WePOWER

32 Journey, Suite 250
Aliso Viejo, CA  92656
Phone:  (866) 385-WIND (9463)
Fax:  (800) 291-7239
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Web:  www.wepower.us
Contact:  Howard Makler

WePOWER is a leading manufacturer and developer of small wind energy systems globally, specializing in Vertical Axis Wind Turbines.

WePOWER's Wind Turbines operate in both low and high winds, and can be used in urban, suburban and rural environments, delivering clean energy to residential, commercial, industrial and government applications. With few moving parts, WePOWER's patented airfoil design is virtually vibration-, noise-, and maintenance-free, providing best-in-class products and solutions.

Our family of Wind Turbines includes our Falcon line, with available sizes including: 1.2kW, 3.4kW, 5.5kW and 12kW, all certified by the California Energy Commission.

Our patented Windvertiserâ„¢ line features a method to display moving images on wind turbines including eco-graphics, corporate images and even logos to promote a Green Haloâ„¢ which visually communicates your commitment to help the environment.

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 Wind Energy Solutions (WES) Canada

2952 Thompson Road,
Ontario, Canada
Phone: 905-957-8791
Fax: 905-957-8789

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Web:
www.windenergysolutions.ca
Contact: Ken Baigent

 Wind Turbine Industries Corporation

16801 Industrial Circle, SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 447-6064
Fax: (952) 447-6050
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Web: www.windturbine.net
President: Archie J. Pavek
Manager: Steve T. Turek

The exclusive manufacturer of the Jacobs® wind energy systems since 1986, the wind plants range in size from 10kW to 20kW, with rotor sizes ranging from 23 ft. (7 m) to 29 ft. (8.8 m). These systems can provide power for a broad range of applications, which include Grid Intertie (utility bill reduction) or Hybrid battery charging (remote battery charging). The Jacobs® wind energy systems have over 70 years of history providing clean, quality, reliable and efficient power in the USA and around the world.

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