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Smaller systems aren't cost-effective.
Fortnightly Magazine - April 2004

($/1000-kWh per year) is only 356 for the large system and 1,469 for the small system (). Capacity factor, turbine efficiency, assembly line production of large turbines, and economy of scale contribute to the cost disparity between the capital costs and energy production costs between large systems and small systems.

Endnotes

  1. Iowa Energy Center, Wind Turbine Output Calculator, www.energy.iastatae.edu, Ames, Iowa.
  2. Bergey, M., Bergey Windpower Co., Eastern Iowa Wind Energy Conference, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kirkwood Community College, Jan. 15, 2004

 

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