FORAS is involved in all phases in the development of a wind project— wildlife and environmental assessments, meteorological prospecting, permitting and forging agreements with communities and individual landowners.
We typically enter into long term lease agreements with property owners. Property owners who lease their land for wind farms enjoy a steady income and the surrounding communities benefit from a larger tax base, which supports schools and local services.
Wind speed and consistency determine whether a site can produce sufficient power. Together with our partner in development Natural Power Consultants we are equipped with a skilled meteorology team that through the use of the latest in wind measurement and modeling technology create accurate and reliable wind resource assessments.
Livestock ignore wind turbines and continue to graze as they did before wind turbines were installed.
Compared to the environmental impact of traditional energy sources, the environmental impact of wind power is relatively minor. Wind power consumes no fuel, and emits no air pollution, unlike fossil fuel power sources. The energy consumed to manufacture and transport the materials used to build a wind power plant is equal to the new energy produced by the plant within a few months.
FORAS performs environmental impact studies to evaluate the impacts on animals, plants, and waterways to determine if a site is suitable. We select and design wind farms to minimize potential impacts and aim to ensure that our wind energy is environmentally friendly.
FORAS works with local, state, and federal government agencies to obtain the required permits for each project to make sure we comply with all requirements and regulations.