The purpose of this document is to provide a tool for local communities to deal with the emerging issues relating to the siting of commercial wind energy facilities within their boundaries. This document has been prepared by the Town of Barton, Washington County, Wisconsin in conjunction with the Town’s Planner, Patrick J. Meehan of Meehan & Company.
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Although the nation's wind potential is very large, only part of it can be exploited economically. The economic viability of wind power will vary from utility to utility. Important factors not addressed in this study that influence land availability and wind electric potential include production/demand match (seasonal and daily), transmission and access constraints, public acceptance, and other technological and institutional constraints. Editor's Note: Though dated, this is a worthwhile read if read carefully.
"After the wind resource and project site have been determined and the community outreach effort has been started, the next step is to apply for the necessary permits. The primary permits needed to construct most community– scale wind power projects will be the local permits: building, zoning, and/or conservation, as applicable to a specific site. Additionally, the project will need to be filed with the FAA and with the operators of the New England electrical grid. Depending on the site, other permits may come into play. This document outlines these basic permits and also lists other authorities that may have jurisdiction over community–scale wind power projects. This fact-sheet focuses on land–based commuity scale wind power projects with medium or large turbines."
Appendix B: Sample Local Government Requirements for Wind Energy Conversion Systems Appendix B of The National Wind Coordinating Committees' handbook contains summaries of nine California County ordinances dealing with wind facilities.
The Link Below will take you to a site where wind resource maps are available for most states.