Community Wind in Maryland

Wind power may have been prematurely dismissed in Maryland:  state could capture up to $10 million annually in middle sized wind projects

Many of Maryland’s regions do not have sufficient wind for large grid-scale wind development, but a recent study shows that there is plenty of wind power to be harnessed through middle market- sized wind projects.

quote for home pageThe middle market in Maryland is currently underdeveloped and the Community Wind Maryland project set out (in 2013) to determine by just how much.  The project characterizes the middle market sized wind projects as 50 kW to 2 MW – smaller than grid projects and larger than a single turbine installed at a residence.

We believe that the middle market sized wind projects are especially appropriate for communities, as wind power could supply some of the power needed for schools and campuses, municipal solid waste facilities, hospitals etc.  Hence, when we speak of Community Wind-Maryland we are referring to the middle market sized wind projects.

 

Community Wind is a “game-changing” clean energy concept that could open up a whole new realm of wind energy developments in Maryland.

Community Wind brings together local governments, community organizations, and private enterprise to develop wind energy installations that may power a local facility and/or provide benefit to the community. Community Wind-Maryland team is working to see this happen around the state.

The nonprofit organization Land and Cultural Preservation Fund, Inc  – as a Maryland Energy Administration “GAMECHANGER” Grantee –  is working to identify five prime sites for community-scale wind developments and facilitate the deployment of 850 kW of community-scale wind over the next five years throughout the state.

 

Wind Powering Maryland

Wind Powering Maryland

If  your community seems to be located in or near one of the areas show on this map in “pink” or “gold”, you might be a candidate for a Community Wind analysis.  Learn more (in the  Toolkit for Wind Developers) about next steps and what to consider, such as accessible land, interconnection capacity, local energy needs, funding options, permitting/zoning readiness, environmental concerns or other obstacles, community interest, and local champions of a wind project.

Project research staff have installed SODAR (sonic detection and ranging) systems for detailed community wind analysis at Horn Point on the Eastern Shore in conjunction with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies, and on a parcel of private land in Frostburg in conjunction with Frostburg State University. Additionally the project is collecting information and expressions of interest from local governments and organizations interested in pursuing a community-wind project and would like to be considered for SODAR or anemometer testing.

Please explore our pages, sign up to receive information on webinars and events and contact us if you want more information or have any questions. We are ready to help you organize your community wind project.  Email us at:  info@communitywind-md.us.

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