Report: Survival of small / medium wind market hinges on subsidies and cost reduction


A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for small and medium wind turbines (SMWTs), including global market forecasts for capacity and revenue through 2023.

The market for modern SMWTs has existed for 30 years, though growth has been tied to state and federal incentives in the United Kingdom, Italy, and the United States.  The sector has recently matured, with growing numbers of manufacturers located around the world and expanding dealer networks, and momentum is building around the lease model that has enabled the distributed solar PV market to expand rapidly in the United States.

“The overall outlook for the small and medium wind market in each country will be determined by whether the industry can reduce costs and survive outside of government subsidies,” says Dexter Gauntlett, senior research analyst with Navigant Research.  “While agriculture remains the primary customer type for small and medium wind power, several providers have found success displacing diesel in remote locations, sometimes in conjunction with solar PV systems as part of microgrids.”

The leading market for small and medium wind power, according to the report, is the United Kingdom, where feed-in tariff policies have helped create a boom over the last three years.  The U.S. market is still struggling due to reduced state incentives and competition from solar PV systems that have dramatically declined in price.

The report, “Small and Medium Wind Power,” analyzes the global market for SMWTs, defined as any turbine less than 500 kW in capacity.  The study provides an analysis of the market issues, including growth drivers and implementation challenges, associated with SMWTs.  Global market forecasts for capacity and revenue, broken out by region, extend through 2023.  The report also examines the key technologies related to SMWTs, as well as the competitive landscape.  An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

— Source: Navigant Research