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Wind Power Grants

Finding Wind Power Grants for Homes and Businesses

If you are one of those who are serious about shifting from grid-energy to your own independent and renewable energy source, you may want to look at wind power grants or wind power incentives to assist you in the installation of your system. These incentives can help enormously with the cost of a wind or solar power system. 

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Governments are becoming very generous when it comes to the use of renewable energy sources. Individual states in the U.S. have their own set rules and regulations in providing grants to residents and homeowners considering the shift to wind and solar power.

Wind power grants in the U.S.

In the US, there are different types of solar or wind power incentives which may range from real rebates, renewable energy credits, tax credits and sometimes, even particular credits from the utility. It is important to look at how the rebates or tax credits are applied. Various tax credits may only be used for the remaining of the PV or wind generator system costs after rebate deductions. DSIRE has a frequently updated website, where you can find out about your state’s utility regulation and rebates. If you can’t find any incentives applicable to you, you can still sometimes get cash rebates for putting up energy efficient windows, increasing your insulation and retrofitting your lights at your home or business.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 provides a federal credit for solar or wind power installations both suburban and commercial. The residential wind or solar power incentive is 30 percent of the system costs, which is capped at $2000. Marketable installations may obtain a 30 percent tax credit without any cap. The policy had been in effect through 31 December 2008. Presently, a bill is before Congress to augment the suburban tax credit for each half-kilowatt installed. A residential PV system usually averages about 5 kilowatt/DC so a resident can have sizable tax credit.-- Update! The policy mentioned above has been extended. 

The best source you can go to for possible solar or wind power incentives is the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency. This website has a diagram of the US and you can select your state to discover the incentives that are available. Also, federal incentives are included in the list on the website.

Wind power grants in UK

Homeowners installing wind power turbines on their house are eligible for 1000 for every KW installed up to the limit of 2500 or 30% of the total installation costs in England, 4000 or also 30 percent of the total cost in Scotland. Non-profit organizations like registered charities and schools are also eligible for grants and incentives in UK. These grants may be available in your local area or you may check out websites for more information on how to apply as well as other guidelines applicable in your area. There are also energy supply companies that offers rebates.

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