Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

On-Site Wind Turbine Incentive(29828)

Niagara Wind & Solar Inc.


In an Order issued in April 2010, the New York State Public Service Commission authorized a continuation of funding through 2015 for a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Customer-Sited Tier (CST) Program at $429 million, with 4% of these funds ($18.175 million) allocated to on-site wind systems. The Order also directed the development of a revised CST Operating Plan that would, through its implementation by year’s end 2015, encumber 18,351 megawatt-hours (MWh) of annual generation produced by on-site wind systems, with an associated capacity of 10.5 megawatts (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 Brett Excavation in Middleport, Niagara County. A Bergey Excel 10 wind turbine was installed on a 120’ 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 non-polluting source of electric generation reduces New York State’s dependence on fossil fuels and helps reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. The operation of on-site wind turbines contribute to the MWh and MW goals identified in the Operating Plan for the RPS CST Program.

Project Results

By installing this wind turbine, this residence will produce about 14,450 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean, renewable electricity every year. It will also reduce their need to purchase electrical energy by 94%. Every $1 of NYSERDA funding leveraged $1.03 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: 11/1/2012
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: 29828

Last Updated: 9/29/2014