It is important to identify project drivers, motivation and objectives up front.
Clarifying these elements creates a clear and stable reference for stakeholders. Project goals and objectives can also act as a first iteration of project design.
Drivers for Co-op Distributed Wind Projects
Co-op projects often include one or more of the following drivers:
Responding to member interests
Improving system resiliency
Demonstrating generation technology options for members
Gaining experience with distributed generation technologies
Addressing climate change concerns
Reducing rates for members
Approaches to Project Development
Once your co-op has clarified its project motivation and goals, you can utilize one of three standard approaches to infrastructure project development:
Develop the project using in-house capabilities
Purchase power from a turn-key project developed by an external party
Utilize a blended approach where the co-op performs the tasks that are familiar to them and other tasks are performed under subcontracts.