Condo Media - June 2011 - (Page 24)

ENERGY by Tom Donnelly Small-Scale Community Wind Less Fuel Costs and More Association Revenue here are no economic reasons why a condominium association with a correctly sited and wellengineered wind turbine would not benefit from a “Small-scale Community Wind” project, the name given to wind projects which have one to five mid-size wind turbines of one megawatt (MW) or less. The main feature is that these systems are owned by, and for the benefit of, the community, either through the generation of electricity used by the community onsite, by selling the electricity to the interconnecting utility or both. Traditionally, farmers, local municipalities or consumer-owned utilities have undertaken these types of wind projects in the Midwestern United States. All of these typically bring their own assets to the table, both financial and political, to develop and construct small-scale community wind farms; and they have done so with great success. Once the wind turbine is up and spinning, the amount of electricity consumed by the community is reduced due to the power produced from the wind turbine, and any excess energy is sold, banked or credited by the local utility company for profit or later use. Despite the often complicated and arduous permitting process involved in erecting a wind turbine, many communities undertake these projects so they can realize the The CCB crew raise the blades of a “Northwind 100” for a community wind project at Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitfield, N.H. T 24 CONDO MEDIA • JUNE 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Condo Media - June 2011

Condo Media - June 2011
From the CED’s Desk
Editorial Board
CAI News
CAI Regional News
Asked & Answered
Homeowner’s Corner
Fuel Economy
Vendor Spotlight
Legislative Update
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Classified Service Directory

Condo Media - June 2011