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Local Planning and State Policy

Planning for wind energy doesn’t just occur at the national level; county and local planners play a critical role in determining the considerations and guidelines for various scales of wind energy at the county or independent city level. There are numerous factors to consider when planning for wind energy such as setbacks, sound limits, decommissioning guidelines, allowable land-uses, and height restrictions, to name a few. The documents and websites below are resources that will provide details to enable informed decision making.

While local planning for wind energy is essential, it should be done in coordination with state policies. Listed below are state regulations regarding the development of renewable energy, and state/federal policies or incentives that are available to VA residents and businesses.