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The people behind renewable projects: Wind site managers

Wind site managers play a crucial role ensuring wind energy projects run smoothly. They're like the conductor of an orchestra, coordinating various aspects of wind site operation in harmony with one another. Let’s dive into their key responsibilities and the dynamic relationships they maintain with communities and landowners. 

Wind site managers oversee every aspect of the wind generation site, from managing employees and contractors to ensuring the seamless operation of machinery. Their day-to-day focus is on planning work priorities, such as scheduling seasonal repairs, blade assessments and site inspections. They also coordinate crews to address any operational issues that arise.  

A significant part of a wind site manager’s role involves fostering positive relationships with landowners and communities surrounding the wind site. They serve as the primary point of contact for questions or concerns, such as crop matters, environmental issues and ensuring landowners are paid per their contracts. They’re also involved in community activities and partnerships.  

Wind turbines generally have low environmental impact. Even so, wind site managers address community concerns and find resources to solve issues. They proactively address issues by following environmental and noise regulations and conducting thorough studies to demonstrate compliance.   

For environmental concerns, wind site managers collaborate with agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state regulators to ensure sites follow environmental regulations, including habitat conservation plans for birds and bats. They manage reporting, oversee permits and coordinate with neighboring energy companies to promote community welfare and sustainable development. These initiatives are often addressed in the planning stage of the wind project. 

Every day presents new challenges and opportunities for wind site managers. Their up-to-date knowledge of industry developments, advancing technology and changes in regulations help them plan for the future.  

Whether it’s expanding existing facilities, repowering for enhanced efficiency or addressing unexpected equipment failures, wind site managers optimize operations and ensure long-term success. Through dedication and leadership, they drive the sustainable growth of wind energy and foster positive relationships with landowners and community members. Learn more about how wind projects are built and tested.  
Grant Barton is a Communications Partner with a passion for sustainability and eco-friendly city planning. He has a diverse background in engineering, politics and international communications and hopes to apply this experience when writing and breaking down complex topics related to Alliant Energy's Clean Energy Future plans.

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