The Distributed Wind Market Report: 2021 Edition provides stakeholders with statistics and analysis of the distributed wind market, along with insight into its trends and characteristics. The report analyzes distributed wind projects of all sizes and details the U.S. small wind market.
The U.S. distributed wind sector—which includes power from wind turbines installed near where the power will be used—added 14.7 MW of new distributed wind energy capacity with 1,493 new wind turbines installed across 11 states. This capacity represents $41 million in investment and brings the total installed capacity to 1,055 MW from more than 87,000 wind turbines across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. U.S.-based manufacturers of small wind turbines (100 kW or less) accounted for 71% of the domestic, small wind sales capacity in 2020. Small wind turbine retrofits—new turbines installed on existing towers and foundations—have become more common, accounting for 80% of small wind capacity additions in 2020.