Barriers to consumer market adoption remain despite government incentive and
significant small wind industry advancements

IROQUOIS, ON, Nov. 25 /CNW/ - The recent adoption of the Green Energy Act that made Ontario the first government in Canada to launch a Feed-in Tariff Program guaranteeing the public specific rates for energy generated from renewable sources was met by mixed reviews in the small wind industry.

"In concept this is an excellent program," said Joseph Ianni, CEO of leading Canadian small wind turbine manufacturer ReDriven Power Inc. "In execution, the Ontario Power Authority is looking to reimburse 13.5 cents per kilowatt hour which does not provide a realistic payback period for the consumer on their small wind turbine (usually defined as 100 kilowatt or smaller). In order for this to be a viable program, they need to think about a 40 cent minimum feed in tariff rate."

He also feels in addition to financial incentives there is a need to increase public education on the vast differences between small wind and large wind turbines.

"Small turbines can be very quiet," said Ianni. "Our turbine operates at 59 decibels at 70 feet, no louder than the sound of laughter. We also monitor power production online and perform remote diagnostics without even having to travel to the turbine location."

About ReDriven Power Inc.

ReDriven Power Inc. is a private company whose mission is to make alternative energy more accessible to consumers and lower their carbon footprint and energy bills. ReDriven's 5, 10, 20 and 50 kilowatt wind turbines have a cut-in speed of 4.4 miles per hour, faster and more affordable than most wind turbines. It uses hydraulic towers up to 120 feet for 5, 10, 20 and 50 kilowatt turbines eliminating the need for expensive cranes for installation or maintenance. The company has a network of more than 180 certified dealers worldwide who sell and install wind turbines for individual and small business use.


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