Community Focused

In some cases, rural electric co-ops or municipal utilities have developed these types of wind projects to diversify their electricity supply. In other cases, individuals can form an independent power producer or LLC to sell the power they produce to a local electricity supplier. Locally owned wind projects tend to have greater economic impacts because they are locally owned and more profitable than utility-scale wind, and they are often more acceptable to residents because residents have greater influence on their location, setback distances, sound levels and overall aesthetics, in addition to being investors or shareholders.

Handbooks for siting small wind projects and more information can be found here.