This section distinguishes between large (capacity 5,000 kW or more) and small (capacity of less than 5,000 kW) wind energy conversion systems (WECS), and regulates the siting of large conversion systems. The statute makes provisions for grouping WECS that are located within five miles and built within one year of each other, and exhibit characteristics (e.g., ownership) of being part of the same development.
It is the policy of the state to site LWECS in an orderly manner compatible with environmental preservation, sustainable development, and the efficient use of resources. A permit under this chapter is required prior to the construction of an LWECS, and is the only site approval necessary. The site permit supersedes and preempts all zoning, building, or land use rules, regulations, or ordinances adopted by regional, county, local, and special purpose governments.