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Navigating Permits for Small Wind Energy Systems
Permitting Small Wind Turbines: Learning from the California Experience provides up-to-date information to address the most common issues raised in response to small wind turbine installations, including visual impacts, acoustics, concern for wildlife and property values. Most importantly, the handbook includes a model small wind zoning ordinance that the American Wind Energy Association recommends for all counties across the country. It also provides recommendations for best practices with a list of “dos” and “don’ts” for counties reviewing small wind permit applications.
The handbook was written by the American Wind Energy Association small wind advocate team, in cooperation with Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development and the California Energy Commission.
The handbook is available on line at http://www.awea.org/smallwind/documents/PERMITTINGGUIDEREVIEW.pdf . Printed copies can be ordered from the California Energy Commission, phone 916-654-4058, or http://www.energy.ca.gov/ .