The US distributed generation (DG) wind market expanded by 83.7 MW of installations in 2017 and has surpassed the 1-GW threshold, shows data by the US Department of Energy (DOE).
The US currently has 1,076 MW of cumulative installed DG wind capacity, coming from 81,000 turbines in 50 states, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Guam. According to Jennifer Jenkins, distributed wind program director of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the market is forecast to expand further thanks to the recent extension of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC).
In 2017, the US saw the addition of 83.7 MW of new DG capacity, representing an investment of USD 274 million (EUR 235m). Deployments included 3,311 turbines in 21 states, with Iowa being on top of the ranking with 63.5 MW, followed by Ohio and California. Iowa also became the leading state in terms of cumulative distributed wind capacity with 192.7 MW.
Wind farms with turbines larger than 1 MW accounted for 78 MW of the total new capacity in 2017, some 4 MW of plants use turbines of between 101 kW and 1 MW, while 1.7 MW came from projects with turbines of below 100 kW. The market saw an investment of USD 262 million in 82 MW of projects with turbines larger than 100 kW, up from 43 MW in 2016, driven by a rise in behind-the-metre projects, mainly in Iowa.