DOE today announced that it will provide up to $6 million over 2 years for the development, testing, and commercialization of domestically manufactured, midsize wind turbines (i.e. nameplate capacity of between 100 kilowatts and 1 megawatt). DOE anticipates making up to four grants under this competitive solicitation and is looking to support U.S. turbine manufacturers and supply chain vendors.
Midsize turbines are used on site at schools, farms, factories, and other private and public facilities, alleviating the pressure on transmission lines. However, the midsize turbine market has not kept pace with the market for large, utility-scale turbines (larger than 1 megawatt ) or for small turbines (under 100 kilowatts) because few manufacturers build that size of turbine and unhealthy project economics.
For more details, please view the Funding Opportunity Announcement.