Many states have a Small Wind Electric Systems Consumer's Guide written specifically for residents of the state.
Small Wind Resources
Mick Sagrillo, a seasoned installer and wind energy advocate from Wisconsin put together a three-piece series on insuring small wind systems, which you can read by clicking on the links below.
Mason City, IA has this ordinance related to zoning of wind projects. Click on the link below to view the ordinance.
Several counties in Southwestern Minnesota have developed a model zoning ordinance wind systems under 5MW for other counties in the state to refer to. A downloadable version of this Model Wind Ordinance is available along with a Companion Document to the Minnesota Model Wind Energy Conversion Ordinance.
Renew Wisconsin's Small Wind Toolbox is an excellent database of small wind turbine technical articles and forms for installing turbines in Wisconsin. It also includes a practical handbook that walks you through the steps of installing a small wind turbine.
The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) is a comprehensive database of incentives for wind and other forms of renewable energy. It is a great resource for up-to-date policy information.
This handbook was prepared by Windustry for the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois and published January 1, 2004. The purpose of this handbook is to inform the reader about wind as a resource for generating electricity, with emphasis on Illinois as a potential host for small-scale and large-scale projects. It addresses how to assess the value of wind, the wind energy options available for landowners and communities to consider, and sources of financial assistance. Case studies are included to illustrate what has been done to develop this resource in Illinois and neighboring states. Find it the Illinois Website download here.