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Community Wind Power
 
Community wind is medium-scaled wind power owned by local public or private entities. The key feature of community wind is local ownership and local use, which maximizes local benefit. The long-term benefits to the community include energy security, local job creation, and recirculation of wealth within the region.
 
Click on the image above to view community wind resources in the SEDA-COG region (3.59 MB)
 
This Wind Project Calculator, developed by Windustry and Alice Orrell Consulting, can help in estimating the cash flows and rate of returns on cash investments associated with specific wind turbine investments.  Utilizing this calculator will help to create a clearer picture of the costs and savings involved in particular wind turbine projects before the project is started, which will allow for a better idea of whether this project would be a wise financial investment. 
 

Wind Turbine Economic Feasibility Calculator Protocol

This Wind Turbine Calculator is designed specifically for homeowners, local officials, and others in rural Pennsylvania for the purpose of assessing the feasibility of installing wind energy.  This site provides links to a wind turbine economic feasibility calculator protocol as well as a home energy use estimation sheet. 

 

The Community Wind Project

St Francis University's Community Wind Project was established in 2005 to support community wind development in Pennsylvania by offering technical assistance, feasibility analysis, and project development consulting. This site is a go-to resource for community wind projects in PA, containing county wind resource maps, information about wind technology, and more. 

 

Community Wind Installers Directory

This directory, developed by St Francis University's Renewable Energy Center, provides information about firms installing wind energy across PA. Links on this site also include directories of installers of solar, geothermal, biomass, and hydro projects.

 

This document, developed by the Environmental Law and Policy Center, describes various models for local wind ownership; examines sources of financing; identifies federal and state incentives; and provides a list of US community wind projects and resources.
 
This site, developed by the National Renewable Energy Lab, provides information about wind energy. This information includes basics of wind technology, wind resource maps, useful links, and more.
 
The Reinvestment Fund (TRF)
TRF provides financing for solar and wind alternatives as well as for building green and retrofitting energy efficiency projects.
  
AWEA is a national trade association representing wind power project developers, equipment suppliers, services providers, parts manufacturers, utilities, researchers, and others involved in the wind industry. This site contains information about joining the association, as well as links to information about wind projects.
 
This report, developed by the Renewable Energy Policy Project (REPP), identifies potential locations of manufacturing activity for community wind energy, and discusses the potential for the US to increase our wind energy production.
 
This protocol, created by the Center for Rural PA, was developed to assist homeowners, local officials, and other interested parties located in rural communities to evaluate the feasibility of installing wind energy in their home, business or community, and determine its cost-effectiveness.
 
This site contains links to information about wind projects, including basic introductory information, policy and research related to wind energy, and upcoming wind energy events. Windustry is a non-profit organization partnered with the non-profit Institure for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

This document sheds light on the differences between community wind and other corporate wind operations. Examples of successful programs as well as practical economic and community benefits are discussed along with other policy determining factors and variables.
 
The National Renewable Energy Lab compiled this report of existing wind ordinances nationwide. The purpose of the report is to educate and engage state and local governments, as well as policymakers, about existing large wind energy ordinances. It provides a collection of examples to utilize when attempting to draft new large wind energy ordinances in towns or counties without existing ordinances.
 
The Technology Review published this article which takes observations from the German wind power industry, the leading wind industry in the world, and applies interpretations of these observations to applications of solar and wind alternatives in the US.

 

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