Rebates are a great incentive to start using solar panels, and people in New York will have a new supplier to meet their needs. Three types of wind turbines manufactured by Point Power Systems have been approved for the New York Energy Smart End-Use Wind Incentive Program. Wind power equipment and engineering services provided by the company have recently been made available in the U.S.San Jose, California – June 29, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] They specialize in turnkey onsite energy systems that are specifically sized for homes and small businesses. The three turbines approved by the incentive program are 1 kW, 6 kW, and 12 kW in size, but are currently listed as .8, 5.8, and 12 kW. The state’s Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) program offers customer rebates to offset initial costs, in order to stimulate market demand for renewable energy systems. The company’s commercial-grade 6 kW wind turbine has an approximate output of 7,500 kWh per year in Class 2 wind, and about 10,000 kWh per year in Class 3 wind. Wind speed for those ratings were measured at 33 feet and generator height at 64 feet. In a typical location, this turbine produces 80 to 95 percent of the electricity used by an average U.S. household and is priced around US$25,000. “This comes at a time when we expect the New York State market to take off with the passage of net-metering for wind generator installations. Now homeowners, farms, and other small businesses can take full advantage of the wind on their property to cut their energy costs,” said John King, director of business development for Point Power Systems. Originally developed for maximum reliability in remote locations, the wind turbines are virtually maintenance-free. Design innovations make the manufacturing process very cost-efficient. In addition to the 1 kW, 6 kW, and 12 kW wind turbines, Point Power Systems is planning to have its 1.5 kW system certified for the rebate program in California and other states in the near future. All of these rebate programs are intended to increase sales of generating equipment so that manufacturers, sellers, and installers will be able to expand their operations and reduce their costs for customers.