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Residential Wind Power

2010

Paonia, CO - Participants in this Solar Energy International workshop will learn to design and install residential wind systems that range from 10 to 70 feet in diameter and produce up to 100 kWh/day in capacity. The workshop will cover system sizing, site analysis, installation and safety issues, and hardware specification. Learn about the different available residential wind turbines, how they work, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Small Wind Conference

Small Wind Conference 2011

A Gathering of Installers, Manufacturers, Dealers and Distributors

The 7th annual Small Wind Conference on June 14 - 15, 2011 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin is the premier event for small wind-electric system installers, designers, manufacturers, educators and advocates, and for those involved in sales, specification, management, funding, and permitting of small wind systems.

This is a key opportunity for open and honest dialogue, networking, and education within the industry. Nearly 400 small wind professionals and industry representatives from across the United States and nine countries attended the 2010 conference.

This year's keynote speaker is energy activist and analyst Randy Udall. Udall is an engaging and frank speaker about peak oil, the changing world we face with regard to energy use, and why "energy is an IQ test Americans tend to fail."

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6th Annual Small Wind Conference

2010

Stevens Point, WI - The 6th annual Small Wind Conference is the premier event for small wind-electric system designers and installers, and for those involved in sales, specification, management, funding, and permitting of small wind systems.

More than 300 small wind professionals and industry representatives from across the United States and nine countries attended the 2009 conference, a key opportunity for open and honest dialogue, networking and education within the industry.

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Residential Renewable Energy Federal Tax Incentives

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 extended many consumer tax incentives originally introduced in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT) and amended in the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-343).

Consumers who install residential small wind systems with a nameplate capacity of not more than 100 kilowatts can receive a 30% tax credit for systems placed in service before December 31, 2016; the previous tax credit cap no longer applies. This Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit also applies to solar energy systems (including solar water heating and solar electric systems), geothermal heat pumps, and residential fuel cell and microturbine systems. There is no maximum credit for systems placed in service after 2008.

  • Systems must be placed in service on or after January 1, 2008, and on or before December 31, 2016.
  • The home served by the system does not have to be the taxpayer's principal residence.
  • Use IRS Tax Form 5695 for filing (a 2009 version will be available in late 2009 or early 2010.)

Information is available at the federal EnergyStar web site:
Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency

A tax credit is generally more valuable than an equivalent tax deduction because a tax credit reduces tax dollar-for-dollar, while a deduction only removes a percentage of the tax that is owed. Consumers can itemize purchases on their federal income tax form, which will lower the total amount of tax they owe the government.

IRS Notice 2009-41 provides the guidelines for this tax crredit.

In addition to federal tax incentives, some consumers will also be eligible for utility or state rebates, as well as state tax incentives for energy-efficient home improvements. Each state's energy office web site may have more information on specific state tax information.

The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency provides information and links to resources for individual states.

Small Wind Turbine Product Information

This web site uses the AWEA Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard for product listing and comparison. The AWEA Standard has been approved by the Small Wind Certification Council, an independent certification body. Certification means that small wind turbines meet or exceed the requirements of the AWEA Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard. This certification provides a common North American standard for reporting turbine energy and sound performance, and thus helps worthy small wind technology gain mainstream acceptance.

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