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Q: looking for an expert in getting wind energy subsidies ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: looking for an expert in getting wind energy subsidies
Category: Business and Money > Employment
Asked by: clb108-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 01 Nov 2003 17:48 PST
Expires: 01 Dec 2003 17:48 PST
Question ID: 271767
I am looking for someone who has experience in obtaining government
grants, financing, subsidies, etc. in the alternate power industry.
Most specifically wind power.

Successful proposal writing in this area is a must. I am looking for
someone to obtain government assistance for our project.

Request for Question Clarification by byrd-ga on 12 Nov 2003 15:20 PST
Hello, Clb108

Would you be interested in sources where you might be able to locate a
professional grant writer with the type of experience you desire?  How
about grant writers who have a successful track record in general, but
not in this specific area?  Would you consider a steer to sources of
grant funding for this project, along with guidance on constructing
your own proposal?  Just looking for some ways to possibly help you in
finding what you need.


Clarification of Question by clb108-ga on 15 Nov 2003 09:11 PST
A successful grant writer in this specific area and a list of funding
sources would be acceptable.
Subject: Re: looking for an expert in getting wind energy subsidies
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 15 Nov 2003 17:10 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello clb-108-ga,

Thanks for a very interesting question.  Years ago, I visited some of
the early wind energy "farms" out in California, and I still have
vivid memories of their majestic slow whirl, and strange vibration

There are a fair number of consultants who do wind energy work,
although I've only identified one with an explicit expertise in
proposal writing.

However, it has been my experience that virtually everyone involved in
designing and implementing wind energy projects is familiar with the
proposal-writing and submission process, as many of the projects -- at
one point or another in their life cycle -- request grant funding for
their work.

With that in mind, I've listed a number of consultants and firms that
you could contact to see if they meet your specific needs.  I've also
included information on the key grant programs that provide funding
and other forms of assistance to wind energy projects.

I hope this information fully meets your needs.   But if anything here
is unclear -- or if you simply need additional information -- let me
know by posting a Request for Clarification, and I'll be happy to
assist you further.

Good luck with you project.




Tim Olsen Consulting
Wind Energy Specialists

Services: Wind energy conversion system design, aerodynamic design and
analysis, test engineering, meteorological and operational data
collection and analysis, loads modeling and structural analysis,
hybrid energy system modeling, hybrid energy system design and
installation, technology assessment and certification, project
management, software development, ***proposal writing and review***,
resource and feasibility assessment, economic analysis, dispute
mediation, electric vehicle design.

1428 S Humboldt Street, Denver, CO 80210, USA
Phone:  303-777-3341
FAX:  303-777-3383


GE Power Wind Consulting

GE Power Systems has been involved in systems-level development of
wind technology for more than a quarter century. More recently, our
consultants have participated in the design and application of
commercial wind turbines and farms. This broad base of experience
makes us highly qualified to offer consulting expertise to the wind
energy industry.


Prospecting--Tom Vandor 518-385-5783
Design and Evaluation--George Boukarim 518-385-1707
Technology Development--Nick Miller 518-385-9865


Shaw Group 
3 Riverside Drive
Andover, MA 01810-1141
(978) 691-2113; Fax: (978) 691-2101
Contacts: Lee LePage,;
J.M. Bernhard, Jr. President & CEO
Shaw Group Inc, is an international engineering, design, fabrication
and construction firm headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA with over
16,000 employees that provides a broad range of services to the global
power generation, electric transmission, telecommunications,
petrochemical and environmental markets. The Shaw Group Companies -
Power Technologies; Stone & Webster; Global Energy Services; Shaw
Environmental and Shaw Management Consultants provide diverse services
to the global wind energy industry.


Westlake Consultants, Inc. 
15115 SW Sequoia Parkway
Suite 150
Tigard, OR 97224
(503) 684-0652, Fax: (503) 624-0157
Contact: Len Schelsky, 

 Founded in 1983, Westlake offers an experienced project team for
commercial wind power site feasibility and design. In-house, we offer
surveying, civil engineering, site construction support and
permitting, and land use planning. Critical to our services is an
emphasis on constructability and construction economics. In addition,
our clients rely on us for effective project management with a single
point of contact, an integrated design team, consistent communication,
and on-time performance for project success.


[I especially like this group because the guy's name is "Wind"]

Wind Utility Consulting 
412 S. Locust Street
Jefferson, IA 50129
(515)386-3405  Fax: (515)386-4763

Contact: Thomas A. Wind,  

Wind Utility Consulting specializes in the areas of feasibility,
design, construction, interconnection and transmission issues
associated with wind generation projects. Clients include utilities,
businesses, schools, farmers, and advocacy groups.


Most of the financing for wind power projects seems to occur at the
state-level these days (sometimes as pass-thru as the states
themselves receive federal grant money).  There are a number of key
resources that can help you investigate the opportunities:


A basic information site that you should visit frequently is the
American Wind Energy Association site at:

AWEA prepared a fantastic reference document of state programs that
support wind energy projects, which can be found at:


The report covers three basic types of financing and incentives:

(1) economic and financial incentives for wind energy. Such incentives
include tax rebates and credits, low-interest loans, and net metering.

(2) legislative and regulatory incentives. These include Renewables
Portfolio Standards, which require that a certain percentage of
electricity be produced from renewable energy sources, and other
measures requiring a utility to install a certain amount of renewable
or wind energy generating capacity (as in Minnesota, for example, in
return for the utility's right to store nuclear waste within the

(3) research and outreach programs. These can be implemented by
private groups, utilities, state organizations, and other entities.
Such programs are often funded by system benefit charges collected
from ratepayers.


The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is a
comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and
selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy.  You can
visit their website here:

Click on any state of interest to pull up a considerable amount of
information on potential funding and assistance sources for renewable
energy projects -- some of these can assist wind energy projects,
while others may have a specific focus on other alternative energy
sources, such as solar.


The US Department of Energy's office of Energy Efficiency and
Renewable Energy maintains a "Financing" page with useful information
about programs and sources of support for alternative energy projects,
including wind energy.  You can find their page at:

Financing Solutions & Incentives
This site provides links to useful resources about financing and
incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for the
home, business, industry, utilities, and government.


Lastly, a group called the National Wind Coordinating Committee has a
helpful and comprehensive list of links at their site:

These are well worth a visit.  


I wish you well in your ventures.  As I said above, if you need any
additional information, don't hesitate to ask.


search strategy:
Google search on:  ("wind power" OR "wind energy") (grants OR consultants)
clb108-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: looking for an expert in getting wind energy subsidies
From: jbf777-ga on 12 Nov 2003 11:50 PST
Are you looking to hire someone on a full or part-time basis?  Have
you tried submitting a classified ad to the likes of

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