Once you have addressed the legal and regulatory issues, you will need to consider the following:
Note that in certain cases these issues can be "showstoppers", so it is very important that they be given proper attention.
Crucial Stuff: Consulting the Neighbours and Community
Will your neighbours accept having a wind turbine near them?
Your neighbours may not be familiar or comfortable with the idea of having a small wind turbine installed in their vicinity. The proximity of a wind turbine to a neighbour's property should be discussed with the neighbour before proceeding with a wind energy system purchase. Strong opposition on either of these issues can, in certain cases, prevent you from being able to install a small wind turbine in the first place! Some particularly concerned neighbours may also call for a public hearing seeking a conditional use permit or variance, where you would need to answer questions about your project. A hearing may turn out to be a mere formality, but be ready for anything that might come up.
To seek the support of your neighbours, write them formal letters to open up the dialogue and ensure that they have good information on the installation you intend to carry out. The American Wind Energy Association has sample letters and fact sheets to help you prepare. Most neighbours will be primarily concerned with two issues: aesthetics and noise.
If the issue above is no longer a concern for you, continue with the other considerations below: