Wind Power Project Models

Our Community Model

Every well-designed wind power project model should benefit landowners and the local economy, produce clean energy, and add to the growing level of local support for renewable energy. The important difference between our business model and others is simple. We offer shared ownership in the actual wind energy project. The best way to illustrate the advantages our model is to compare it against two of the most common wind energy project development models.

National Wind's Community Wind Model: We form an actual legal business partnership with property owners. We create a joint ownership structure for each wind project with the landowners and community as a partner. Landowners have an opportunity to influence the project and have their voices heard. The community ultimately receives a large portion of the profits.

Competition's “Fixed Payment” Model: Many wind project developers utilize this fixed payment model without any long-term ownership involved. The developer is the primary stakeholder who enters into a lease or easement contract with the land owner for a set period of time, usually twenty years. Although the landowners receive turbine lease payments that are fixed and predictable, this is not what we consider to be community ownership. Profits are not shared and property owners have limited influence over the project.

Competition's Royalty Leasing: Many large wind project developers pay landowners a percentage or royalty payment to landowners for their wind project. The landowners enter into a lease or easement agreement in exchange for a small percentage of the revenue. Landowners don't receive an actual share in the profits, instead the developer and institutional investor retains the profits. We do not consider this model to be a true community ownership.