2011 US Small Wind Turbine Market Report

eFormative Options again worked with the American Wind Energy Association to research and prepare the 2011 U.S. Small Wind Turbine Market Report.   Below are some highlights of the report.  To view the full report, click here.

  • While the 2011 U.S. small wind turbine market (<100 kilowatts, or kW) decreased 26 percent (in MW), U.S. manufacturers’ sales to domestic and export markets increased by 13.4 percent to 33 MW.
  • In the U.S., more than 19 MW were installed, while revenues were $115 million, representing 7,300 turbines.
  • The cumulative installed U.S. capacity increased to 198 MW, deploying 151,300 turbines.
  • Twenty-seven manufacturers with a U.S. presence reported sales of 60 turbine models.
  • The top four U.S. manufacturers in terms of total 2011 sales were Northern Power, Southwest Windpower, Bergey Windpower and Polaris.
  • Fifty-four percent of U.S. manufacturers’ sales capacity went to foreign markets, reflecting a dramatic increase (from 7.8 MW in 2010 to 17.7 MW in 2011) and the most in the past six years.
  • The industry represents an estimated 1,600 full-time jobs.
  • The average installed cost of small wind turbines in the United States in 2011 was $6,040/kW, an 11 percent increase from 2010.
  • In 2011, federal, state, utility and local agencies leveraged private investment to meet on-site energy needs, reporting more than $38 million in rebates, tax credits, grants, low interest loans and other forms of funding assistance for small wind installations in 39 states, a 27 percent increase above the $30 million reported for 2010 and exceeding the $35.6 million cumulative total reported for 2001 to 2009.
  • The 2011 reported funding supported the installation of almost 700 wind turbines totaling more than 18.5 MW,
    including some re-manufactured turbines. While the number of units installed with funding declined from 2010,
    the average size of the turbines increased, leading to more installed capacity.
  • Of grid-connected small wind turbines, more than 23 percent received some form of federal, state or
    local funding assistance, compared to 30 percent in 2010.