Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Customer-Sited Wind Turbine Incentive(22232)

Niagara Wind & Solar Inc.


In an Order issued in April 2010, the New York State Public Service Commission authorized a continuation of funding for a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Customer-Sited Tier (CST) Program through 2015 at $429 million, which allocated 4% of these funds ($18.175 million) to on-site wind systems. The Order also directed the development of a revised CST Operating Plan, which through its implementation would, by 12/31/15, encumber 18,351 MWh of annual generation produced by on-site wind systems, with an associated capacity of 10.5 MW. The CST Operating Plan was submitted on June 25, 2010.

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Project Description

This project supported the installation and monitoring of a wind turbine at Ledge Farm, owned by Sam Scarborough. An Endurance E-3120 50 kW wind turbine was installed on a 140 foot self-supported, lattice tower.


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

Project Results

By installing this wind turbine, Ledge Farm will produce about 138,052 kWh of clean, renewable electricity every year. They will also reduce their need to purchase electrical energy by 100 percent. Every $1.00 of NYSERDA funding leveraged $1.08 in additional funding.


Niagara Wind & Solar Inc.
7510 Porter Road, Suite 4
Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Principle Investigator

Padma Kasthurirangan

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: 4/4/2011 1
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: 22232

Last Updated: 9/28/2014