Agricultural and Rural Resources and Tools
This page lists resources of interest to rural communities and agricultural stakeholders and features online tools to support wind system siting, economic analysis, and market analysis.
Type of Information
Small Wind Updated Small Wind Economic Model Available
Econ. Dev. Turning to Turbines: As Commodity Prices Remain Low, Wind Energy Leases Offer a Welcome Source of Income for Farmers
USDA Issues Loans for Electric Projects
Small Wind USDA Announces REAP Funding for 821 Rural Projects
Schools Small Wind Econ. Dev. Policy Do Your Part in Securing a Sustainable Renewable Energy Future for America
Public Power Schools Econ. Dev. Community Wind Benefits Fact Sheet
Econ. Dev. Water Conservation Just One of Many Reasons to Support Wind Energy
Policy Wind Energy PTC Extension Essential, Beneficial for Rural America, Entire U.S.
Econ. Dev. Policy Siting Community Wind Myths Fact Sheet
Wind for Schools Program Impacting Nation's Renewable Energy Future
Schools Wind Applications Center Valuable Resource for Wind for Schools Partners
Small Wind Small Wind Certification Important For Wind Industry
Small Wind Small Wind Certification Council Works to Ensure Wind Industry's Credibility
Econ. Dev. Wind Power Development's Economic Impact on Rural Communities
Econ. Dev. Analyzing Economic Development Through Wind Power
Small Wind 2012 Market Report on Wind Technologies in Distributed Applications
Small Wind U.S. DOE Releases First Market Report Focusing on Distributed Wind
Small Wind Small, Community Wind Empowers Rural Communities, Strengthens U.S. Economy
Rural Communities Benefit from Wind Energy's Continued Success
Econ. Dev. Wind Energy Forum Enhances Positives of Wind Production
How Does Wind Energy's Water Consumption Compare to Other Energy Technologies?
Wind Energy Helps Preserve Water Resources
Small Wind Certification Helps Consumers Choose Satisfactory Small Wind Turbines
Small Wind Small Wind Standards Beneficial for Manufacturers, Consumers
Small Wind Winds of Change from Winds of Destruction
Small Wind WindLease Helps Consumers Save Money
Small Wind REAP Funding Update, Part I
Small Wind Econ. Dev. REAP Funding Update, Part II
Small Wind 2013 Distributed Wind Market Report
Small Wind Fact Sheet: 2013 Distributed Wind Market Report
Report Indicates Growth in Wind Energy
USDA Invests $68 Million in 540 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects
Wind Energy Benefits Rural Economies
Small Wind Siting Technical Assistance Available for Community Wind Projects in the Pacific Northwest
Policy REAP Funding Helping Rural Farms and Communities
Econ. Dev. Wind Energy Development Beneficial to Rural Oklahoma Communities
Small Wind Small Wind Education Helps Consumers Avoid Mistakes
Small Wind REAP Funding: When, Where, and How to Apply
Small Wind Distributed Wind Vision
Small Wind Investing in Small Wind Can Provide Big Success
Establishing a Community Tax Equity Investment Company to Invest in Renewable Energy Projects
Policy Congress Passes Extension of Production Tax Credit, Investment Tax Credit Software
A Web-based Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool and Guidebook helps utilities and policymakers advance the market for on-site wind generation across the nation. The Web tool's financial model measures the impact of various policy combinations on distributed wind turbine project economics and can be used to rank the "best and worst" state markets for returns on investment for various project scenarios.
The Wind Energy Finance (WEF) calculator provides quick, detailed economic evaluation of potential utility-scale wind energy projects. The tool is designed for those who have general experience with project financial analysis but little knowledge of wind projects. Potential users include: state and local economic development officials, rural landowners interested in owning or benefitting from wind energy projects, applicants pursuing 2002 Farm Bill funding for renewable energy projects under Section 9006 and the Value-Added Producer Grant Program, and rural co-op and municipal utility officials.
Wind Energy Finance Brochure.