Wind energy systems are generally broken into two main applications.

  1. Large scale operations that provide power to the local utility grid, similar to hydro or natural gas electrical generation facilities. Turbines clustered together into ‘wind farms’ that produce energy for many buildings or communities.
  2. Small scale operations provide local, on-site power to a home or business. Turbines are placed at the same site where the electricity will be used. Any additional energy that is generated, exceeding the needs of the user, can be sent to the local electrical grid with their permission.

    Building permits are required for the following:
    • For the installation of any wind turbine generator that is attached to a building
    • For any structure used to support a wind turbine generator with a rated output of more than 3kW;

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