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To strengthen the development of the small wind industry in Canada, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) has announced a partnership with Flagstaff, Ariz.-based Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA).

According to CanWEA, the two associations will collaborate on building small wind nationally, identifying and targeting Canadian provinces in which to pursue supportive policy initiatives and managing a Canadian small wind caucus, among other activities.

By joining forces, CanWEA and DWEA will be able to more effectively secure and allocate resources to support the growing distributed wind energy market in Canada.

"Canada is rapidly falling behind other countries in deploying small wind energy systems that can provide clean and renewable electricity for homeowners, businesses and remote communities," says Robert Hornung, CanWEA president. "This CanWEA/DWEA partnership will bring a strong and united voice to advocacy efforts to create a stable and sustainable policy framework that can facilitate the rapid deployment of small wind energy systems in Canada."

Notably, small wind is exemplified by the use of typically smaller wind turbines at homes, farms, businesses and public facilities to offset all or a portion of on-site energy consumption.

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