Community Wind

Community wind is medium-scaled wind power owned by local public or private entities. The most important feature of community wind is local ownership and use, allowing communities to benefit from reduced reliance on fossil fuels and their high costs. Furthermore, community wind has the potential to generate new channels of revenue and job creation in the design, construction and upkeep of wind turbines as well as the possible sale of energy to surrounding communities. The long-term economic benefits to the community include energy security, local job creation, and recirculation of wealth within the region.

 

Browse the links below to discover more about wind power's potential to benefit both the environment and local economies.

SEDA-COG Region Wind Feasibility

This is a map showing where in the 11 county Central PA region it is most feasible to construct wind farms and single windmills.

 

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 Financing Handbook

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.

 

National Renewable Energy Lab - Wind

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.

 

American Wind Energy Association

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.

 

Community Wind 101: A Primer for Policymakers

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.

 

National Overview of Existing Wind Energy Ordinances

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.

 

Lifeline for Renewable Power

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.

 

Windustry's Wind Project Calculator

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.