Community wind is a growing sector of wind development driven by the leadership of municipal governments, financial incentives, and the strong desire to have energy independence.
Community wind projects can be lead by local small business owners, companies, local educational institutions, as well as Native American Tribes, rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, and churches. Often these projects are smaller pilot projects, leading the way to more comprehensive solutions later.
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Any land owners, including community governments, in areas with substantial wind resources can benefit by leasing their land to large wind developers who sell the wind energy. Other communities have installed their own wind turbines on a smaller scale to prove the concept and take a leadership role. These projects are great investments for local communities. They allow a leadership role to gain energy independence and protect the environment. Smaller community projects across the country are showing that energy independence is a series of small successful projects, not one all-or-nothing investment.
One of the hallmarks of Community wind projects is that they come in all sizes, from a single turbine to an industrial sized wind farm. Smaller projects are by far the norm. Community wind projects have been installed throughout the country and are in the planning stages in every state.
The stimulus package passed in 2009 by Congress has helped boost the financial return for projects and jump-start many community wind projects to move ahead. According to a report from the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, qualifying wind projects can choose either a 30% investment tax credit (ITC) or a 30% cash grant in lieu of the production tax credit (PTC) that wind has historically received.
To qualify for the 30% Investment Tax Credit, projects must be placed in service by the end of 2012. To qualify for the 30% cash grant, projects had to be operational by the end of 2010, or else must have begun construction by then and be placed in service by the end of 2012. Future similar programs are extremely likely as the government continues to invest in wind energy. The key lesson is that advanced planning is essential to be ready when the right incentives package is available for your community.
The analysis highlighted the importance of the 30% cash grant for passive investors in community wind projects. Although the window of opportunity is small, the incentives are real and help significantly for communities already in the final planning stages for a project.
Here is a simple, five-step checklist to start your thinking on how to help bring a community wind project to your hometown.
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