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(a) A wind energy conversion system (WECS) includes any or all of the following components:
(1) A turbine with propeller-style blades, or
(2) A vertical rotor, or
(3) Other means of capturing the energy in moving air;
(4) A tower or
(5) A mounting structure;
(6) An electrical power generator with
(7) Associated electrical power transmission circuitry;
(8) A battery or
(9) Other means of storing energy;
(10) Other means of transmitting energy (hydraulic, mechanical, etc.);
(11) Mechanical control mechanisms;
(12) Electrical/electronic/computer control circuitry;
(13) A foundation;
(b) Total Height means the distance measured from ground level to the highest point that any part of the WECS can reach.
(c) Small WECS means a WECS that will be used primarily to reduce on-site consumption of electrical power.
(d) Wind Turbine Rotor means that portion of a wind turbine that includes the blades or scoops, hub and shaft.
(e) Tower means an elevating structure intended to raise the rotor, turbine and accessory equipment above either the ground surface or the top of a building.
(f) Commercial WECS means a WECS consisting of more than one wind turbine and tower, or a WECS that will be used primarily for off-site consumption of electrical power.
(g) Wind Turbine means a WECS that converts wind energy into another form of energy by means of rotary motion driven by the passage of air through the WECS. The definition includes a WECS designed to mount directly on the roof of existing buildings including residences.
(h) Applicant means the person or entity filing an application for a conditional use permit under this Chapter.
(Ord. 09-006. Passed 1-26-09.)