Wind Turbine Program Saves Monthly Electric Costs
Frank Kunnumpurath's electric bill used to run between $400 and $500 a month. The 46 year old LaFayette resident, who lives on a hilltop home with his wife, two children and a variety of wild fowl, uses electricity for hot water, cooking, power needs, and to run his geothermal system. Located about a half hour from Syracuse, his homestead routinely sees winds faster than forecast for the region. Kunnumpurath applied for, and received, funding under NYSERDAs popular Customer Sited Wind Turbine Incentive Program. Since 2008, NYSERDAs wind incentives have provided 61 consumers with funding totaling $1.8 million. Kunnumpurath was awarded a $27,000 incentive, enough to fund more than a third of the turbine cost. In July 2010, he hired a contractor to install a 10 kilowatt, 100 foot high unit. “NYSERDAs incentive made it possible to do this, he said. “And it pays off.” In October, NYSERDA launched yet another round of funding, which so far has attracted nearly 25 applications.