Almost immediately SummitWind was approached by large wind plant operators. Each one expressed a preference for SummitWind making headway in the community, applying for the grid position, and obtaining the leases and easements. This business plan was the better choice, allowing the operator to come into the project later.

The community was very supportive of creating a wind farm and depended on SummitWind to be their advocate. At this point, SummitWind had a threefold aim. We were to write a competitive lease and easement that required no investment from the landowners. SummitWind wanted to make sure the turbine tax was paid by the operator. Most importantly, we needed to find an operator of good reputation, who would work well with the community and landowners. We were confident we could succeed.

There were many aspects needed to satisfy all the environmental, siting, and permitting requirements. SummitWind engaged an electrical engineer, Mark Galey, PE, as a technical interconnection advisor.  We also hired Rick Damiani, PhD, PE, to determine the farm’s wind capacity rate. We contracted a local landowner for field inspection. With the gathered information, Bill Cheng wrote a Preliminary Environmental and Siting Report (see link on right). The report concluded there were no environmental issues that could not be resolved and the siting of turbines had very few restrictions. This is good news.

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