Solar or Wind Farm Assessment and Permitting

Mr. Weber helped a Minnesota-based solar power developer create a portfolio of 2- and 5-megawatt projects. Services included site assessment, lease negotiations, local permit applications, screening, neighbor relations and coordination of staff and consultants. A total of 65 megawatts of power was approved.

For a wind deveopment company, Mr. Weber prepared a comprehensive review and assessment of the natural, man-made and regulatory forces affecting the potential development of a major wind energy conversion project in a 200-square mile study area of the Southern High Plains. Features addressed included topography, surface water (especially playa lakes), agriculture, public lands, wildlife, roads, housing, pipe lines and telecommunications. Of special interest was the presence of the Lesser Prairie Chicken, which is designated as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need at the state level. Information sources included agency Websites, geographic information system databases, an inspection of the study area, interviews with landowners and communications with staff from federal, state and county agencies.

Mr. Weber subsequently assisted with the permitting process for the first stage of turbine construction.