Small wind market has big potential, report shows

Posted on: March 23rd, 2012

The small wind power market holds “enormous potential”, especially for nonelectrified areas in developing countries, yet only a handful of governments are offering specific support policies for small wind generating capacity, the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) said in a report this week.

“Wherever the wind blows, small wind turbines can provide electricity at affordable prices to local citizens, be it for rural electrification, like in China or in other developing countries or, connected to the grid, like often in the industrialised countries,” WWEA president He Dexin said.

The ‘Small Wind Report 2012’ stated that fewer than ten countries were offering sufficient feed-in tariffs for small wind, and that there was almost a complete lack of support schemes in developing countries, where the demand for small wind turbines would be huge.

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