|Criteria required for a viable wind farm include:
1. Strong wind resource
EverPower will measure the wind for at least two years to determine the wind characteristics or wind resource. From this data, we can estimate the amount of electricity that can be generated.
2. Location to nearby transmission lines
Getting power to the grid can be expensive. The closer a project is to connecting to the grid, the better.
3. Willingness of landowners
EverPower leases from landowners property for turbine locations, easements, access roads and transmission lines. Landowners are asked to sign long-term lease and/or easement contracts and are compensated.
4. Access to the transmission grid
EverPower must know it can interconnect the project without negatively impacting the transmission grid.
5. Availability to sell the electricity
An ability to sell the electricity locally or as a merchant is an important step prior to moving forward on any project.
6. Environmental studies and impact
Environmental impact studies to ensure the safety of wildlife and the environment are conducted for all projects. These studies include avian, bat, cultural/historical, endangered species and wetland throughout the project area and transmission lines.
||7. Design the project
Incorporating wind resources, topography, environmental studies and access points, a plan is developed to place turbines throughout the lease area.
8. Local, state and federal permits
Numerous permits are required to construct and operate a wind farm. Several public hearings are usually held to provide public comment and to inform the community.
Once a plan has been finalized and improved and all necessary permits obtained, construction will begin. Construction usually lasts between six and nine months.
10. Reclamation, repair and restoration
EverPower will work with landowners to return the land and local roads to their initial condition. In many insistences, the roads are in better shape than before construction started.
11. Operation and Maintenance
EverPower will properly maintain the access roads, transmission lines and turbine locations.