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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 06-587


Program Opportunity; Small-Scale Community Wind Projects 2006

[36 Pa.B. 1710]

   On behalf of Governor Edward G. Rendell, the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (Authority) cordially invites municipalities, authorities and school districts in this Commonwealth to apply to participate in the Authority's Small-Scale Community Wind Project. The Authority will select the 15 best proposals to receive Southwest Windpower's next generation small-scale wind system for permanent deployment at a public building or facility. Appropriate sites could include town halls, libraries, courthouses, visitor centers or any other public building that will enable local communities to see and learn about the system. In some cases, an applicant may designate a site on privately owned land for the proposed project, if the privately owned site is better suited for the project than property owned by the applicant. If it does so, a letter of authorization from the landowner must be included with the application.

   The Southwest Windpower system includes a 1.8kW turbine, a 35-foot tower, an inverter, concrete foundation, wiring, an installation manual and technical support from the manufacturer. Department of Environmental Protection (Department) technical staff, the Authority and Southwest Windpower will review the applications to ensure that the selected sites can support a wind project. Successful applications will propose deployment of these small-scale wind systems in locations highly visible to the public, will demonstrate that the applicant has the financial and technical wherewithal to properly install and maintain the system and will include a substantial outreach and education component.

   Successful applicants will receive the Southwest Windpower small-scale wind system and basic installation at no charge, but will have to pay any additional costs, including interconnection fees, themselves. Any additional costs incidental to specific project locations also must be borne by the project applicant. In addition, successful projects must agree to allow access to the project site to the Authority and Southwest Windpower in order to allow for the collection of project data.

   To qualify, a proposed site must have class 2 winds or better (or an average wind speed of 12 mph or more). Applicants who do not have the site-specific wind speed data should refer to the interactive evaluation tool at to determine the estimated class of wind at the proposed site.

   Applications for the Authority's Small-Scale Community Wind Project may be obtained by contacting Lawrence Middleton at (717) 783-8411 or Applications may also be obtained by visiting the Department's website at (DEP Keywords: Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA)). The original and three copies of the completed application must be postmarked (if mailed) or received (if delivered by other means) by 4 p.m. on May 12, 2006, to DEP Grants Center--PEDA, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, 15th Floor, P. O. Box 8776, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8776.

   Faxes will not be accepted. Use staples only, without binding or coversheets of any kind. There is no fee for this application. Attach an additional sheet of paper if necessary, but the Authority will not accept applications of more than five pages total.

   The Authority reserves the right to accept or reject any and all applications or to modify the terms of this program opportunity notice.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 06-587. Filed for public inspection April 7, 2006, 9:00 a.m.]

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