Small wind turbines have capacity ratings from 1 to 100 kilowatts (kW) and can produce power for a residential home, farm, small business, school or campus.
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Consumers who install residential small wind systems with a nameplate capacity of not more than 100 kilowatts can receive a 30% residential tax credit for Consumer Energy Efficiency systems placed in service before December 31, 2016. Read more.
In 2011 Windustry and the Minnesota Region Nine Renewable Energy Task Force launched a Small Wind Bulk Buy Program, supported by a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant, to help rural enterprises take advantage of the state's wind resources and net-metering laws. The bulk purchase is no longer in effect, but the Region 9 Renewable Energy Task Force continues to have resources for technical and logistical support. Windustry also provides support on this website, with a Small Wind Guide and a financial calculator designed specifically for Minnesota wind projects that can take advantage of Minnesota's net metering law. Read More.