Global sales in the small wind (<100kW) market grew 53% to 38.7 MW in 2008 representing 19,000 units and US$156 million
US small wind up 78%
market for small wind grew 78% in 2008 with an additional 17.3 MW of
installed capacity. This represents 10,500 units and US$77m in sales.
the growth is largely due to increased private equity investment that
allowed manufacturing volumes to increase, particularly for the
commercial segment of the small wind turbine market (systems 21-100kW).
largest segment of the market, residential (1-10kW) wind turbines, was
driven by investment and manufacturing economies of scale, but also by
rising residential electricity prices and a heightened public awareness
of the technology.
AWEA projects a 30-fold growth within five
years, despite a global recession, for a cumulative US installed
capacity of 1700 MW by the end of 2013. Much of this estimated growth
would be spurred by the 8-year 30% federal Investment Tax Credit passed
by Congress in October 2008.
The USA continues to command roughly half the global small wind energy market share.
UK the world’s biggest exporter for <50kW
says the UK is the world’s biggest exporter of wind turbines in the sub
50kW division, deploying 4.7 MW in international markets in 2008.
study’s author Ron Stimmel of AWEA says: “The UK currently exports more
small wind systems than any other country in the world and has a great
potential domestic market. In the USA, the world’s largest small wind
market, the federal government recently enacted a long-term financial
incentive for small wind turbine consumers that could bring a 30-fold
growth to the US industry in as little as five years. With the right
policies, the UK market could see similar growth.”
manufacturers currently hold an 82% revenue share of the UK market and
export 50% of their output to over 100 countries worldwide.
Since 2005, over 10,000 small systems have been deployed in the UK, equating to over 20 MW of installed electrical capacity.