2011 was a choppy year for wind power in New York State.
It was marked by both high-profile failure, of an ambitious Great Lakes offshore wind project, and smaller-scale successes, like keeping a small wind farm in local hands. But overall, wind power in New York has been growing at a steady clip.
And while wind still accounts for about one percent of the state's energy mix, recent legislation in Albany has primed the pump for small-scale wind development across the state.
Kevin Schulte, CEO of Ontario, N.Y.-based Sustainable Energy Developments (SED), is eager to seize that opportunity.
"The status quo is changing,"says Schulte. "We've gotta move forward. We've gotta change. And that's not always easy."