Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Wind Incentives for Eligible Installers (3002-8)

Sustainable Energy Developments Inc.


In an Order issued in June 2006, the New York State Public Service Commission authorized funding through 2009 for a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Customer-Sited Tier (CST) Program at $45 million, with 10% of the funds ($4.5 million) allocated to small wind systems. The Order also directed the development of a CST Operating Plan that would, through its implementation, by year's end 2009, encumber 1,800 MWh of annual generation produced by small wind systems, with an associated capacity of 1.8 MW. The CST Operating Plan was approved on February 12, 2007.

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Project Description

This project supported the installation and monitoring of a wind turbine at a residence in Pavilion, Wyoming County. A Bergey Excel-S 10 kW wind turbine was installed on a 120-foot guyed-lattice tower.


Wind energy benefits the public by enhancing the reliability of the grid, reducing peak demand, increasing in-state electricity generation, increasing diversity in the state’s energy-supply portfolio, and making the electric-supply market more competitive by promoting consumer choice. This nonpolluting source of electric generation reduces New York's dependence on fossil fuels and helps reduce emission of greenhouse gases. The operation of on-site wind turbines contributes to the megawatt-hour and megawatt goals identified in the Operating Plan for the RPS CST Program.

Project Results

By installing this wind turbine, this residence will produce about 11,508 kWh of clean, renewable electricity every year. The users will also reduce their need to purchase electrical energy by 100%. Every $1 of NYSERDA funding leveraged $1.18 in additional funding.


Sustainable Energy Developments Inc.
317 State Route 104
Ontario, NY 14519

Principle Investigator

Ernest Pritchard

Universities Involved


Project Type:

On-site Power Production

Technologies Types:


NYSERDA Contact Information

Mark Mayhew


R&D - Mfg Tech & On-Site Pwr

Contract Details

Start Date: 7/2/2009 1
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: 3002-8

Last Updated: 9/26/2014