Small Wind Tax Break

John Davis

Those who generate their own power through small windmills could get a tax credit for the cost of the turbines.
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According to this article posted on, the Rural Wind Energy Development Act is primarily sponsored by U.S. Senators Ken Salazar (D-CO), and Gordon Smith (R-OR), and co-sponsored by Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Larry Craig (R-ID):

The “Rural Wind Energy Development Act” (S. 673) would provide a federal tax credit of $1,500 per 0.5 kilowatt (kW) of capacity to purchasers of small wind systems nationwide. This five-year credit would apply to all wind systems with capacities of less than 100 kW that are used to power individual homes, farms or small businesses.

The American Wind Energy Association is praising the bill:

AWEA logo“There is a great satisfaction in gen-erating your own electricity and do-ing so in a way that reduces global warming emissions and strengthens the country’s energy security,” says AWEA executive director Randall Swisher. “The bill proposed by senators Salazar and Smith empowers consumers and is good energy policy.”