Distributed wind power is not defined by the size of the turbine or the source of the financing; it is all about producing power at the source of its need. This is what makes distributed wind one of the fastest-growing segments in the wind power industry today.
When you bring wind power to the source of a large energy need, and do it in a community setting, you are engaging in distributed wind power.
Aside from the obvious difference in small residential applications and large multi-turbine wind farms, community wind turbines can come in many shapes and sizes. In community settings, the driver of which size to use tends to be how that community views the balance between turbine aesthetics and the economic impact of the project.
Even if a private entity owns the project, the wind turbine stands in a community setting. The support of local lawmakers, citizens, and neighbors is critical.
Bringing distributed wind power directly to energy users and their communities brings huge benefits to a wide array of stakeholders. This is why it’s one of the fastest-growing segments in the wind power industry today.