(USA)

A new report reveals Americans are increasingly buying their clean energy locally.

The appeal of distributed wind power – where energy is generated close to the place it will be used – is on the rise, according to the 2016 Distributed Wind Market Report, compiled by the US Department of Energy and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

This energy system involves anything from a single turbine powering a cabin to lots of them servicing a whole neighbourhood. Across the US, distributed wind power is supplying electricity to around 265,000 homes.

“New financing options helped rooftop solar become widespread,” explained the report’s lead author, Alice Orrell, an energy analyst at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. “Now they could also help make distributed wind more commonplace and expand its role in the national energy mix.”