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Signs of Revival for Small Wind Turbine Industry in the US

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Looking at the Osiris 10 US installation picture above, my thoughts flew away from the snowy Ohio into upcoming spring and summer . We’ll see much more Osiris 10 small wind turbines installed on this beautiful land this year.

It has been a quiet year in 2014 for small wind industry in the US while many people were chasing sun (solar).  We now see some signs of revival in 2015 for good reasons.

First, the US Federal government is now behind the QUALITY small wind turbines.  On January 20th, The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued Notice 2015-4 providing new performance and quality standards that require certification of small wind turbines in order to qualify for the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC).  Small Wind Turbine like Osiris 10, IEC61400-2 and AWEA 9.1 certified, can compete on a fair ground with other quality wind turbines.

Second, the small wind industry still exists after recent tough years.  The main reason is that we can still find many people who love small wind turbines in such a big land.  Our installer partners want to take the challenge of dealing with this complex small wind turbine technology (It is great way for kids to get into multidisciplinary studies of science) to experience great satisfaction after installing them.  Many people still feel proud to have a small wind turbine erected on their land.

Third, we learned a new way of supporting our installer partners in this niche market.  We are able to establish a close-knit -community, we call it Osiris Energy Small Wind Village where  we connect our installer partners to help them make hard-to-find friends and exchange expertise in a non-competitive environment.  They are not fighting the battle alone.  They can get support not only from the manufacturers but their peers.  We’ve seen it works beautifully.

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Osiris 10 is proven working in the US.  Osiris 10 brought in exciting technology advancement into the industry.  But we have to admit that there is a longer than expected learning curve.  We are fortunate to have our loyal installer partners on our side.  They had visited Osiris Energy factory and built trust in the quality of product and our people behind the product. They gave us good suggestions on product, documentation and service along the way.  We took their inputs with great appreciation as we want to drive continuous improvement to better serve our customers for the long run. Now several Osiris 10 are installed and monitored remotely.  Our installers are in a favorite position to share their successful stories with more potential customers to generate more business.

Not everyday is sunny day, sometimes it is a windy day or even a snowy day. That’s nature. The energy shall come from different sources including small wind turbine.  We sincerely invite more installer friends to join our Osiris Energy Small Wind Village!  Please contact us at sales@osirisenergy-usa.com.

OSIRIS ENERGY is a global manufacturer and marketer of small wind turbine systems.  The company has a strong worldwide leadership position. Our leading-edge small wind turbine technologies are especially designed for low wind and harsh environments.  AWEA 9.1 certified Osiris 10 small wind turbine system is through InterTek.  Osiris 10 also achieved IEC61400-2 and Denmark certification.  Osiris 10 is listed on the unified equipment list for ITAC state incentives.  www.osirisenergy.com   www.osirisenergy-usa.com.

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DOE issues memo to fed agencies recommending wind turbine certification

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Source: Clean Energy States Alliance

As you may have heard, the U.S. Department of Energy has issued a guidance memo on quality assurance to 17 federal agencies encouraging that public funds be provided only for wind turbines that have been tested and certified for safety, performance, function, and durability.  This memo applies to distributed wind turbines (small and medium turbines generally under 1MW) and will help ensure that taxpayer funds support turbines that meet performance and safety standards.  Fifteen turbines up to 100kW are fully certified in the US; nearly thirty more are in the process of certifying.

The Clean Energy States Alliance, through its Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC), recommends that state agencies and utilities provide incentive funding for certified turbines that meet ITAC’s additional responsible business practices criteria.  ITAC maintains a list with 11 turbines that meet its standards: http://www.cesa.org/projects/ITAC/itac-unified-list-of-wind-turbines/

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New funding from REAP grants and Simplified Process

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In the small wind industry, any bit of help is needed.  There is some good news coming from Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) of USDA.  USDA has $50 million per year funding for the next five years for the 25% REAP grants and will soon introduce a radically simplified REAP application form.
The purpose of REAP program is to help farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption to help the nation meet its energy needs.
The current REAP application deadline is on July 7th.  They have $12.5 million in the pool.  The next REAP application will have $100 million in the pool.  It will start in October this year with much simplified process and paperwork.
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