Wind turbines can generate clean, renewable power in rural locations that are very windy.
Small wind turbines can help power rural homes, farms, ranches and businesses that have wide-open spaces where the wind can blow freely.
Larger wind projects can be developed and owned by a community or by a commercial developer to offset a facility’s electricity use or sell power directly to the utility.
All projects and sites must be reviewed for eligibility by Energy Trust prior to installation.
Contact Jed Jorgensen at 503.445.7611 and we can help you determine if a wind turbine makes sense for your property.
Contact a wind analytics company (e.g. AWS Truepower) or a turbine manufacturer to get an estimate of your average annual wind speed. The cost of acquiring the wind resource report can be partially covered by project development assistance. See Details tab for more information.
All installed wind turbines must be on the list of Energy Trust eligible wind turbines. The list is shown under the Resources tab.
Your incentive application must be submitted to Energy Trust prior to purchasing equipment or starting construction on your project.
Energy Trust provides support for expert project development assistance including, but not limited to, grant writing assistance, feasibility studies, final design, permitting, utility interconnection and construction management. We may pay up to 50 percent of the cost of hiring an outside consultant to provide expert assistance for these activities, up to a maximum of $200,000.
Project development assistance forms
Incentive levels are based on a project’s cost in comparison to the market value of the energy produced, called above-market cost. There is no cap or fixed percentage of the amount of above-market costs we will pay. In return for our funding contribution, we ask for a negotiated share of the project’s Renewable Energy Certificates, which are held in trust for the ratepayers who contribute to Energy Trust.
Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change.
To be eligible for Energy Trust incentives, wind turbines models must be listed on the Interstate Turbine Advisory Council Unified List of Wind Turbines.
|Manufacturer/Turbine||Model||Ratings at 11m/s (kW)1||Annual Energy at 5m/s (≈11mph)(kWh)2|
|Pika Energy||Pika T701||1.5||2.420|
|Endurance Wind Power||S343||5.33||8,9103|
|Bergey Windpower||Excel 10||8.9||13,800|
|Endurance Wind Power||E-3120 3 phase||574||114,9004|
|Endurance Wind Power||E-3120 single phase||48.3||114,9004|
|Northern Power Systems||NPS100||844||170,0004|
1 As listed on ITAC website unless noted
2 As certified by SWCC or Microgeneration Certification Scheme unless noted
3 Power performance test report submitted to SWCC Aug 2012
4 Published manufacturer specifications as of Aug 2012
Energy Trust does not endorse any particular manufacturer, contractor or product in promoting its programs. The fact that the names of particular manufacturers, contractors, products or systems may appear on this page or elsewhere in Energy Trust program materials does not constitute an endorsement. Manufacturers, contractors, products or systems not mentioned are not implied to be unsuitable or defective in any way. Energy Trust is not responsible for assuring that the design, engineering, or construction of any wind system project is proper or complies with any particular laws, regulations, codes, licensing, certification and permit requirements, or industry standards. Energy Trust does not make any representations of any kind regarding the results to be achieved by any eligible turbine listed or any wind energy system or the adequacy or safety of such measures.
We’re here to help you assess if you might have a viable wind power project and discuss what incentives may be available. Contact Jed Jorgensen at 503.445.7611.
Cash Incentives: $52,000
Cash Incentives: $170,992