Community Wind Handbook/Submit Permit Applications

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Community Wind Handbook

Submit Permit Applications

Now that you’ve selected your system and finalized your project details, it is time to submit the applications for the various required permits. By now you should have compiled a knowledge base of permitting requirements and costs, project details, and various support documents (see Understand Permitting & Zoning). This information is critical during the permitting process and will need to be submitted to the proper authorities.

A Skystream turbine in a residential application. Photo from Southwest Windpower

The time frame for permitting can vary, ranging from a few months to a year, so you should begin the process as soon as project details have been finalized.[1]

Small community wind projects can represent a significant investment, so it is important to ensure that the project receives approval for required permits prior to turbine procurement. Upon approval, it will be time to purchase your turbine and either install the system yourself or hire a qualified contractor to complete your project.


  1.  "Energy Trust of Oregon. Community Wind: An Oregon Guidebook"