Pencor Services, Inc.

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, PA 

ARM performed a wind energy feasibility study to assess the viability of siting a commercial-scale wind energy installation to supply electricity to multiple facilities operating at Penn’s Peak located in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.

Site Suitability and Wind Resource Definition Pencor
ARM evaluated the available land area, exposure to the wind, existing land uses, and proximity to residences and property boundaries. Based on this initial assessment, ARM determined that a single wind turbine would be able to meet the onsite electrical loads. Once the turbine location on the site was determined, ARM estimated the wind resource at the site, based on the site’s exposure, topography, elevation, and upon an analysis of existing regional climatological data.

Preliminary Energy Production Estimation
Using the estimated long-term average wind speed and site suitability information developed from the previous task, the annual energy production potential from selected wind turbine models was determined using wind modeling software that is licensed to ARM.

Transmission Options and Interconnection Viability
ARM examined the electrical transmission and interconnection options for delivering the wind-generated power to the Penn’s Peak facilities. This analysis involved determining the necessary transmission voltage, identifying the transmission equipment (e.g., utility poles and cables), and evaluating transmission corridor feasibility.

Environmental Due Diligence
A preliminary environmental and ecological evaluation was conducted. This evaluation consisted of determining the potential presence of State or Federal threatened or endangered species or habitats of concern. Potential wetlands that could conflict with proposed wind turbine locations or transmission corridors were identified.

Federal Aviation Administration Screening
ARM used the FAA Radar Impact Pre-screening Tool to assess the site rating relative to potential impacts to air defense and homeland security radar systems and whether an aeronautical study is required.

Engineering Feasibility Assessment
ARM’s civil engineers examined the feasibility of constructing a commercial-scale wind energy installation at the prospective site. ARM then provided comments related to the site’s suitability to accommodate wind turbine foundations, access roads, crane paths, crane pads, and electrical infrastructure.

Economic and Financial Viability Analysis
A preliminary financial analysis was prepared to assess the economic and financial viability of the proposed wind energy project based on a net metering model.

Zoning Issues
ARM evaluated the local zoning ordinance and outlined the tasks associated with successfully acquiring zoning approval.

Recommendations
ARM recommended a commercial-scale wind energy system that is technically and financially feasible for the project site. The economic analysis indicated that a 750 kW wind turbine is the size that provides the best financial return. Additionally, this turbine size should provide enough electricity to meet most, if not all, of the electricity loads at the site. ARM has also completed a 12-month wind resource assessment at the site.