(A) The applicant shall conduct a project area site selection study prior to submitting an application for a wind-powered electric generation facility. The study shall be designed to evaluate all practicable project area sites for the proposed facility.
(1) The applicant shall provide the following:
(a) A description of the study area or geographic boundaries selected, including the rationale for the selection.
(b) A map of suitable scale which includes the study area and which depicts the general project areas which were evaluated.
(c) A comprehensive list and description of all qualitative and quantitative siting criteria, factors, or constraints utilized by the applicant, including any evaluation criteria or weighting values assigned to each.
(d) A description of the process by which the applicant utilized the siting criteria to determine the proposed project area and any proposed alternative project area site(s).
(e) A description of the project area sites selected for evaluation, their final ranking, and the factors and rationale used by the applicant for selecting the proposed project area site and any proposed alternative project area site(s).
(2) The applicant shall provide one copy of any constraint map showing setbacks from residences, property lines, and public rights of way utilized for the study directly to the board staff for review.
(B) The applicant shall provide a summary table comparing the project area sites, utilizing the technical, financial, environmental, socioeconomic, and other factors identified in the study. Design and equipment alternatives shall be included where the use of such alternatives influenced the siting decision.
(C) The applicant may provide a copy of any project area site selection study produced by or for the applicant for the proposed facility as an attachment to the application. The study may be submitted in response to paragraphs (A) and (B) of this rule, provided that the information contained therein is responsive to the requirements of paragraphs (A) and (B) of this rule.