Community Wind Handbook/Engage with Neighbors

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Engage with Neighbors

In some cases, the success of your small community wind turbine can hinge on the support of your neighbors. Take the time to meet your neighbors early in the project planning process and begin establishing a positive relationship.[1]

A Skystream wind turbine installation. Photo from Southwest Windpower, NREL 14935

When introducing the subject of the installation, be prepared to answer questions that might concern your neighbors, questions about the visual impact of the tower and turbine, the potential sound of the system and the proximity to buildings, neighboring property lines, and any environmentally sensitive areas. Remember, neighbors are usually much more accepting of an installation if you are upfront about your intentions and describe the project to them during the planning stages.[2] It is important that neighbors feel that you consulted with them and didn't pressure them into supporting your project.[3] Remember that neighbor support can be beneficial in the permitting process. They can be potential advocates who can appear at the zoning hearing and speak on your behalf.[4]

References

  1.  "Sagrillo, M. Planning Your Wind System: Working with Your Neighbors"
  2.  "NYSERDA. Small Wind: Know the Facts"
  3.  "Spackman, R. Residential Wind Turbine Installation Considerations"
  4.  "Sagrillo, M. Keeping Zoning Hearings under Control"