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Innovative Wind Technology Incentive

**The innovative Wind Technology Incentive has ended and no new applications are being accepted.

Innovative Wind Technology Incentive

The Innovative Wind Technology Incentive (IWTI) was designed to support the growth of wind turbine technologies that did not meet all the program’s requirements. This included non-listed horizontal axis turbines, listed horizontal axis turbines that will not be installed to conform to current program requirements, vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT) and other new technology turbines. Projects using these technologies would have been eligible to earn an incentive under the Innovative Wind Technology Incentive (IWTI) methodology. If approved for the IWTI, the incentive payment was paid based on actual performance of the turbine versus the current estimated production based incentive, which used the expected performance based buy-down (EPBB) methodology. The EPBB methodology estimated performance using the turbines power curve, wind speeds at the site and system hub height. The incentive payment was be paid out based on actual performance of the turbine.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for IWTI, an applicant must have submitted an application to the REIP Program, and must have been in compliance with all the requirements of the program. The Wind Alternative Calculation Method (WACM) spreadsheet is no longer available. The maximum incentive was calculated based upon the EPBB methodology, however the incentive payments were paid quarterly for one year based upon actual production of the turbine. In order to calculate the maximum incentive using the EPBB methodology, the application must have included a 3rd party certified power curve for the turbine with the application. To record actual production, all projects were required to install an ANSI C12 revenue grade meter and an anemometer to correlate production to the wind speed data. 

In order to minimize the risk to the applicant, the incentive recipient must have been the installer, distributor or manufacturer. The Market Manager used the manufacturer’s power curves, tools and processes to determine the estimated production of the turbine. If a program inspection was required, the REIP inspectors included in their protocol verification that the system was installed to manufacturer specifications and the ANSI C12 meter and anemometer was installed and working properly.

Incentive Information

The segments that were eligible for the Innovative Wind Technology Incentive are defined in Table 1 below:

Table 1: IWTI Incentive: Eligible Customer Types

Customer Type Eligible Projects
Residential All residential projects less than or equal to net metering limit of the home. The maximum rebate will be based upon 16,000 kWh of annual energy production
Non-Residential : Less than or equal to 500 kW All non-residential projects less than or equal to net metering limit of the meter. This category includes all commercial, public, and non-profit organizations (municipalities, other governments, public colleges and universities, public schools (K-12), and affordable housing organizations).  The maximum rebate will be based upon 1,000,000 kWh of annual energy production.

 The rebates will remain the same as the EPBB incentive:

Table 2: IWTI Incentive: Eligible Customer Incentives   

Project Type Incentive Rate
($/kWh)
Maximum Annual kWh Maximum Rebate
Residential $3.20 16,000 $51,200
Non-Residential $.50/kWh starting at  16,001 kWh + $51,200 1,000,000 $543,000



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