This course provides an overview of the elements of the planning for the development of a wind farm.
The siting of a wind farm is explained within the context of society, the environment and fundamental economic principles.
After completing this course, the participant is able to:
- Describe the major steps in the planning process to obtain the planning permit for both onshore and offshore wind farms.
- Explain the main steps in the process when carrying out an environmental impact study (EIA).
- Identify the main environmental impacts of wind power and suggest mitigation measures.
- Describe possible ways in which a local community can benefit from a wind farm.
- Give major common concerns of people living close to wind farms and how these could be addressed.
- List principle stakeholders in a typical project and outline their possible interests.
- List common developer types and the main characteristics of their approaches to stakeholder engagement.
- Calculate three key financial parameters for a wind farm project and explain their relevance.
- List commonly used policy support mechanisms for wind energy and discuss their advantages and disadvantages.
- Explain the fundamental characteristics of both private economics and socio-economics.
This course is part of the Online Master of Wind Energy.
If you want to study the course, you need to be accepted to the Master’s programme.
Read more about the admission requirements for the Online Master of Wind Energy.
Duration and exam
The course has a duration of 13 weeks and concludes with an oral exam.