The goal of NRECA's work with the U.S. DOE on RADWIND was to raise awareness of distributed wind as a solution for the energy, resiliency, and economic development needs of electric cooperatives, and to provide resources and information that reduces barriers and lowers costs for co-ops seeking to deploy distributed wind. Through this project, NRECA Research aimed to establish a national distributed wind presence for and by NRECA's members that delivers these benefits, and to communicate to NRECA's members that properly deployed distributed wind can be a bankable technology option for rural America.
The RADWIND Project focused on clarifying the benefits and opportunities for distributed wind on our networks, reducing technical risks, and addressing the knowledge and resources needed to facilitate the adoption of distributed wind by rural utilities. This was accomplished through the identification of solutions, development of sharable resources, and demonstration of technology by and with rural communities. Many solutions involve pairing distributed wind with other Distributed Energy Resource (DER) technologies, such as solar energy or battery storage.