Smaller Scale Projects
Meeting Demand for Smaller Scale Renewable Energy
Small-but-Promising High-Wind Sites can be Difficult to Develop
WHI Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Systems (WHI VAWT Systems) were designed to overcome many of the common challenges. The resistance to HAWT development is steep in many regions.
Overcoming this resistance can yield a special benefit: government support for building out distributed generation. In addition, in many areas of the world such as the United Kingdom, there are feed-in-tariff provisions that are available for small wind development. WHI VAWT Systems qualify for many of these types of FIT benefits.
Islands with Trade Winds and Expensive Diesel Generation
Island utilities have some of the most expensive electricity prices in the world when they have to import all the oil and diesel needed to run their power plants. At the same time, many, such as Barbados in the eastern Caribbean have excellent trade winds that compliment solar energy but have land use and visual restrictions that make it very difficult to site tall HAWTs.
Rural Development and Farmers
Around the world, agriculture in rural areas is being strained by various forces. To continue to farm in healthy ways, rural dwellers and farmers are seeing the need for both new energy and additional revenue to support their work and life style.
Energy Independence for Communities
More and more communities, with various needs, conditions, and resources are seeking flexible, smaller sources of renewable energy. Some of these communities are on-grid and some are off-grid. Some are rural and remote, and some are in densely populated areas where local people are looking for redundant service to back up larger, less reliable grids.
Developing countries are often stretched for energy, and end up with dependence on sub-optimal sources. Areas around the world where there are post-conflict conditions need long-term energy solutions that can be modularized and up-and-going in cost-effective ways. Even disaster relief centers need longer-term energy because refugees tend to stay. WHI VAWT Systems may help these regions if there is adequate wind resource nearby.