Very few large-scale wind projects are able to obtain financing under the current economic climate. But falling turbine, steel and labor prices have created the perfect environment for mid-scale wind energy projects to thrive. Although total new installed capacity in 2009 may not rival the impressive 8,900 MW installed in North America in 2008, a golden opportunity exists for smaller wind development.

"A municipal utility company I'm working with in Illinois is looking at General Electric and Vestas turbines, which were unavailable to them for several years due to the small size of their project." -- Wes Slaymaker, WES Engineering