As the possibilities for harnessing wind energy as a viable renewable energy source and job provider sweep across West Michigan, local governments face the challenges of establishing zoning ordinances that regulate the use of residential and commercial wind turbines.
A Wind Energy Symposium, developed by the Ottawa County Planning Commission and the Michigan State University Extension office, aims to offer solutions for local leaders and residents.
The free symposium will help determine which types of turbines are best for commercial and residential use, how a turbine works, the effects of large wind farms, how to sell power back to utility companies, costs, installation, maintenance and potential paybacks.
Presentations by wind energy experts, including Michael Ford of Cascade Engineering, Dr. Steve Harsh, MSU professor of agriculture economics and Dave Koster of Holland Board of Public Works, will cover the variety of wind energy applications, safety and siting.
The Wind Energy Symposium will be June 5, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus St. Participants may arrive at 6:30 to view vendor displays.