This protocol was developed so that homeowners, local officials, and other interested parties located in rural communities could evaluate the feasibility of installing wind energy in their home, business or community, and determine its cost-effectiveness.
The protocol requires the user to go through a series of steps to provide information and then ultimately obtain a result that may or may not satisfy a criterion imposed by the user. It is essentially an economic calculator whose result (rate of return) should be compared to the economic requirement of the landowner. If the analysis yields a rate of return that exceeds the economic expectation of the landowner, then the wind energy project may be economically acceptable. However, if the calculator yields a rate of return that does not exceed the expectation of the landowner, then the wind energy project may not be economically acceptable.
It is important to note that the protocol is intended to be a first step in determining whether installation of a wind energy system is suitable for a particular site.
Protocol Instructions (pdf file)
Understanding the Protocol Worksheets (pdf file)
The protocol is also available at http://www.pserie.psu.edu/academic/engineering/AppliedEnergyCenter/projects.htm
Disclaimer: The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, its board of directors, officers, employees and representatives, and Pennsylvania State University, its officers, trustees, employees and representatives, are not responsible for any application of the information contained within this report and, therefore, any individual or company using the information provided within this report, including commercialization of the concept, does so at his/her/its own risk and takes responsibility for any decisions and results of those decisions that are made either solely or in conjunction with said information.