alternative energy incentives

Grid-Connect Inverters

SMA-America Inverters: XZERES grid-connect wind generators utilize SMA Windy Boy inverters (2500U & 6000U).
XZERES is a distributor of SMA products including solar inverters. (SMA America's homepage) (Windyboy 2500U specs)

Wind Maps (North America & Worldwide)

The U.S. Dept. of Energy's "Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program" provides wind maps of most U.S. states:

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) "Wind Energy Resource Atlas of the United States" provides wind maps of U.S. states and regions:

Canadian Wind Energy Atlas provides highly interactive wind maps of Canada and Canadian provinces: provides wind maps of countries throughout the world:

First Look Wind Resource Map from 3 Tier Group provides wind maps of United States at 20, 50 & 80 meters:

Renewable Energy Financial Incentives, Grants

Database of State Incentives for Renewable & Efficiency (DSIRE) is a "comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy":

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture 2002 Farm Bill Initiative - "Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Program" provides information on USDA grants"available for eligible agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase renewable energy systems and make energy improvements":

California Residents:
California Energy Commission (CEC): Emerging Renewable Program Rebates. Both the XZERES 110 and the XZERES 442 qualify to receive financial incentives. For more information visit

New York Residents:
NYSERDA Rebate Program: Information regarding program and list of Eligible Installers.

Oregon Residents:
The Energy Trust of Oregon is an organization funded by "Public Purpose Funds" which supports Oregon renewable energy and energy efficiency projects through grants.

Renewable Energy Training, Periodicals, Info

Solar Energy International (SEI) in Carbondale, CO, offers hands-on workshops and online courses for a variety of renewable technologies, mostly held in Carbondale, Colorado:

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) in Custer, WI "a nonprofit network for...renewable energy and energy efficiency" - provides renewable technologies courses, mostly held in Wisconsin:

The North Carolina Small Wind Initiative (SWI), associated with Appalachian State University near Boone, NC. "Making use of the unique Small Wind Research and Demonstration Faciltiy, the SWI holds workshops for all levels of interest on the 'ins-and-outs' of small-scale wind power":

The Sustainable Living Institute (SLI) in Hopland, CA, provides "hands-on workshops on renewable energy, ecological design, sustainable living practices and alternative construction techniques like strawbale, cob, and bamboo":

Renew Wisconsin and the Small Wind Toolbox will be of assistance to anyone planning to install a wind turbine for their own use.

Home Power Magazine - "The Hands-On Journal of Home-Made Power":

Wind Energy Basics and other educational wind-related books written by Paul Gipe: provides a comprehensive news and information source for renewable energy:

Windustry is a non-profit organization working to increase wind energy opportunities for rural landowners and communities by providing technical support and creating tools for analysis:

U.S. Dept. of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) website provides state-specific
news and information about renewable energy activities and partnerships:

The National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL) conducts research on renewable energy technologies:

North American Wind Energy Associations

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA): (AWEA's Small Wind Webpage)

Canadian Wind Energy Association (CANWEA) Association Canadienne de l’énergie éolienne: (CANWEA's Small Wind Webpage)

Oregon Small Wind Energy Association

Wind Generator Comparisons

"Wind Power" articles from Home Power Magazine, including the "How to Buy a Wind Generator"
article written by Mick Sagrillo, which compares commercially available residential wind energy equipment:

AWP-Related Links

Homepage of Hugh Piggott (designer of the AWP-3.6) and Scoraig Wind Electric: