Onshore wind is powering communities across America at a price equal or cheaper to new fossil power plants. These projects make payments in lieu of taxes to their host communities that allow hiring of new teachers or police officers, without raising citizens' taxes.
Still, when communities learn they may host a wind project, the reaction is often immediately negative, before the facts are even known. Understanding the best way to approach a host community, communicate clearly about potential plans, and create a trusting relationship is crucial for successful development and long-term operation.
The number one most important factor in building a constructive community partnership? A robust, thoughtful community outreach plan. Julia Bovey knows this unique type of planning and what it takes to be successful. JHB Strategies is here to create and manage your plan, from risk assessment to ribbon cutting.