Welcome to the Ohio Anemometer Loan Program (ALP) webpage. The ALP is funded by the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) and is administered by Green Energy Ohio. The ALP has been designed to provide assistance to non-profit organizations such as municipalities, school districts, and park districts, along with individual landowners and farmers and small businesses/industries that are interested in developing wind power, but that may lack the capital and the expertise to perform these predevelopment tasks. Preference will be given to those organizations/businesses who best state their case and show their potential for the development of a wind energy project.
Under the Ohio ALP, qualified applicants can borrow equipment from a dedicated ALP inventory and obtain wind resource assessment study services, such as site inspection, equipment installation, data analysis and program management. Monitoring studies will be conducted over a 12-month period. ALP Participants will receive raw data, monthly tabular and graphical summaries, and a final summary report that will characterize the site’s potential for wind power generation. All studies will be conducted in accordance with industry-accepted guidelines such as the U.S. Department of Energy – National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Wind Resource Assessment Handbook (April 1997) and International Energy Agency (IEA) technical publications.
The 2011-2012 ALP also includes a wind turbine feasibility study as part of the program to address important due diligence issues necessary to proceed with a wind turbine development project. Components of the feasibility study include: 1) identifying local permitting/zoning and utility interconnection requirements, 2) obtaining clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration, 3) conducting a site visit and research, 4) performing a preliminary analysis of a facility’s energy use, 5) evaluating up to five turbine options, 6) calculating energy production estimates using site-specific wind data, and 7) performing a financial analysis of each turbine to assess return on investment. ALP Participants must provide 12 to 36 months of electric utility bills and associated records from their electrical service provider and one-line electrical diagrams of Property’s electrical infrastructure to be used during feasibility study.
Funding is available for three (3) sites in 2011-12. Participants will be able to borrow wind monitoring equipment from an inventory that consists of one (1) 50-meter and two (2) 60-meter meteorology (MET) tower kits. The tower kits will be used for site sponsors that are planning a project using utility scale turbines, with a rated capacity of at least 100 kW (total project size) and tower height of approximately 150 ft. The ALP is a very competitive program. Therefore, applicants who are not selected can always contact GEO to perform a fee-for-service wind monitoring study through GEO's Monitoring Ohio Wind (MOHW) program.
All parties who wish to be considered for participation in the Ohio ALP must first complete an Application Form and read the ALP Program Description, the Project Equipment Inspection & Data Retrieval Instructions, and the Instructions for Completing FAA Notice Criteria Tool & FAA Form 7460-1. For a list of applicant evaluation criteria, view the ALP Application Review Form.
Following is a tentative schedule for the 2011-2012 program:
- Release application forms and program documents: April 2011.
- Dedadline to submit applications: September 1, 2011.
- Review applications and select program participants: September 2011
- Site visites & permitting for MET towers: September - December 2011
- Tower commissioning: January - May 2012
If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Emily Sautter, GEO Wind Program Manager at Emily@greenenergyohio.org, or (216) 789-5248.
Past ALP Participants:
|2009/2010 Ohio Anemometer Loan Program (ALP)
Tower commissioning for the 2009/2010 Anemometer Loan Program (ALP) sites took place during September 2009. The two sites chosen for the 2009/2010 program include Pettisville Area Schools, and the Ashtabula Port Authority. Pettisville Area Schools hopes to add a wind turbine to their campus that will generate electricity for the school and provide tremendous educational opportunities for their students. The Ashtabula Port Authority site is located at the Ashtabula Waste Water Treatment Plant, which the city hopes to power with a wind turbine in the future.
Ashtabula ALP Meteorology Tower Commissioning
Pettisville ALP Meteorology Tower Commissioning
|2008/2009 Ohio Anemometer Loan Program (ALP)
Tower commissioning for the 2008/2009 Anemometer Loan Program (ALP) sites took place during June 23-25, 2008. The two sites chosen for the 2008/2009 program include Archbold Area Schools, and Cuyahoga County Agricultural Society. The site at Archbold High School is a collaboration with nearby Pettisville School System and Northwest State Community College with the hope of installing one or more wind turbines that will generate electricity for the schools and provide tremendous educational opportunities for their students. The Cuyahoga County Agricultural Society site is located in the infield of the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds racetrack and will provide educational opportunities for tens of thousands of annual visitors to the fairgrounds. Click here for more information on the 2008/2009 ALP sites.
Archbold ALP Meterology Tower Commissioning
Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds ALP Meterology Tower Commissioning