Gallery: Xzeres gears up for new Oregon wind incentive
By Cathy Cheney
Small wind turbines such as those made by Wilsonville-based Xzeres are smaller than the turbines used in utility-scale wind farms. Each turbine has three blades.
Energy Trust of Oregon launched a revamped incentive program to owners of small wind turbines on May 1, prompting wind turbine maker Xzeres Corp. to get ready for new sales in the company's own back yard.
"It's a great incentive, said Russ Woolsey, Xzeres' director of marketing, adding that it would bring Oregon in line with New York as the Wilsonville-based company's strongest domestic markets.
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The incentive will be based on estimated annual energy output of the turbine, up to $5 per estimated kilowatt hour up to 9,500 kilowatt hours per year. When a system surpasses that level, the base incentive of $47,500 grows by $1.75 for each additional kilowatt hour. The incentive is capped at 60 percent of the total project cost.
"This was a matter of re-engineering the incentive to encourage people to produce more energy," said Chris Dearth, senior project manager for Energy Trust.
We visited Xzeres and talked to a turbine owner to learn more about small wind turbines. Click on the image above to view the gallery and see what we found out.
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