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LEED Leads to Bad Wind Turbine Installations

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) designed to reward architects, builders, and owners for integrating energy efficiency and “green” practices into new and existing structures. The rating system has been in use for more than a decade and has gone through several iterations. Unfortunately, this rating system has been abused and USGBC has done little to rectify the situation.

UGE Dumps VAWT Business—What Happens Now to Eiffel Tower & Lincoln Field Turbines?

August 4, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Controversial developer of “urban” wind projects Urban Green Energy (UGE) is quitting the wind business. Using its in-house designed vertical-axis wind turbine, the New York City-based company...[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, LEED LEED

SWCC: IRS Issues New Guidance for Small Wind Turbines to Qualify for 30% Tax Credit

January 21, 2015,   by Heather Rhoads-Weaver

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a notice providing new performance and quality standards that require certification of small wind turbines in order to qualify for the 30% federal...

Category: Small Wind folder, LEED LEED

Questionable Turbines and Siting Give Architects, LEED, Green Builders, and Wind Bad Name

September 9, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Updated with a photo of the 18 Venger V2 Savonius turbines on the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[more]

Category: News on Small Wind, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines, Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, Rooftop & Urban Wind, LEED LEED

Wind Cube Squarely Over the Top (Now Re-Branded as Wind Sphere)

July 8, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Is this another example of Federal capital subsidies driving exceptionally overpriced "wind turbines"?[more]

Category: Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines, LEED LEED

Another Poorly Sited Hoosier VAWT Vying for Worst Turbine Install

June 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Hoosiers have definitely drunk the cool-aid. Worse, it's another example of architectural greenwashing. According local press reports the Nature Conservancy has installed the "crown jewel" of its...[more]

Category: Worst Turbine Install in History, News on Small Wind, Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, LEED LEED

Defunct Windspire Wins Greenwashing Award

June 28, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

In the annals of greenwashing, no wind turbine company has done more to develop the technique to a fine art. It’s as if the company’s entire business model was built on finding participants who...[more]

Category: Mariah Windspire, LEED, Small Wind folder LEED

Gorlov Helical Wind Turbine

April 26, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The helical rotor design is reputed to reduce or eliminate the torque ripple encountered in traditional two-blade Darrieus or eggbeater turbines.[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, LEED LEED

DWEA: Requesting Wind Turbine Qualification Criteria for On-Site Renewable Energy Scoring

August 20, 2012,   by Mike Bergey

DWEA believes the current lack of turbine certification and siting criteria under the various LEED rating systems is hurting the distributed wind industry and is counter-productive to the intent of...

Category: Small Wind folder, LEED LEED

How Not to Site Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (Mariah Windspire) #2

September 26, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

This is a classic example of how not to install wind turbines to best advantage. The best that can be said about this installation is that at least they were not mounted on top of the building.[more]

Category: Worst Turbine Install in History, Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, Mariah Windspire, LEED LEED

Aerovironment's AVX 1000 Rooftop Turbines at Logan Airport

September 26, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

AeroVironment has installed 20 units of its AVX 1000 rooftop turbines on a building at Boston's Logan International Airport. The 20 kW installation, part of what AeroViron[ment calls its...[more]

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind, Small Turbine Product Reviews, LEED LEED

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