Turbines over farmland

Local Governments and Communities

One of Airstream Energy’s primary goals is to secure the cooperation and support of the local community. We work with various local agencies to ensure a mutually beneficial, harmonious existence. Our ultimate goal is to develop a project the community can rally around.

Wind power can play a significant role in the revitalization of rural economies. Wind energy projects generate significant tax revenue because of the substantial investment they represent, and they typically pay far more in taxes, or other economic contributions, than they cost the communities. Wind projects also generate a wide variety of jobs, from development, manufacturing, construction, financing, and data analysis to maintenance and operations. And each community will benefit from a stronger tax base, a more diverse economy, increased business for local services such as gasoline sales, machinists, electricians, contractors, auto mechanics, equipment rentals, restaurants, grocery stores, and additional income for landowners.

In addition, wind power brings economic diversification to many communities that have traditionally relied on only a few industries. Once established, wind power is also insulated from volatile cost fluctuations, as most of the costs are fixed or predictable. This greatly lowers the chance that this economic boost could diminish over the project life. By bringing a wind project to a community, the over-dependence some communities have placed on ranching, farming, manufacturing or tourism can be improved.

Land Use
Wind project development typically occurs in rural areas where wind resources are abundant and the operation of the wind farm is compatible with existing land use.

The construction of a wind farm in agricultural areas will remove approximately .4 -.7 acres of land from active production per megawatt of installed capacity. The total amount of area within a wind plant boundary can vary, depending upon wind resource characteristics and land terrain.

The actual land taken out of active agricultural production is only about ½ to 1 acre per installed turbine.  The primary use of the land is for access roads to the wind turbine locations, a small area for the wind machine and electrical transformer, and a graveled pad area for a crane for construction and maintenance.

Planning and Zoning
Depending on jurisdiction and existing zoning/use requirements, Airstream Energy will approach local boards for variances or approvals for wind power plants as required.  Typical wind facilities to be installed are roads, wind turbine foundations, underground high voltage and low voltage electrical cables, overhead power lines, and the wind turbines.  

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