Windustry Responds to MinWind Story in Star Tribune

Windustry founder and Midwest Wind Energy Center managing partner Lisa Daniels has been involved with community wind for many years.  Here is here response to the Star Tribune story about MinWind filing for bankruptcy. Read it on the Star Tribune site here. Continue reading

eNewsletter Fall 2014

Windustry's eNewsletter Fall 2014

Windustry Quoted in Consumer Reports

  The journal Consumer Reports just published an article about methods for making money off of your home.  One section is devoted to wind and solar power and quotes Windustry's Lisa Daniels.  From the article:  You can also monetize your property by using it to generate solar or wind power. “Most people think of wind power as these farms of 50 to 100 turbines,” Lisa Daniels, executive director of the advocacy group Windustry, said. Indeed, if you’re lucky enough to have acres of high, clear, windy land that’s near high-voltage transmission lines, you could earn hundreds of thousands from a wind-power company.  Continue reading

2014 REAP Funding Announced

The USDA announced funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP provides grants and loan guarantees to farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses for a wide range of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. You can see the official notice here.  This funding announcement is the first of two rounds of funding to be announced this year. The available funds total $28.2 million. Later this year, the USDA will release the final REAP rule and announce the mandatory funding from the Farm Bill of $50 million. The ultimate share of this funding between grants and loan guarantees will be determined by public demand. The USDA application deadlines follow: Continue reading

Windustry Awarded DOE Grant to Create Regional Wind Resource Center

US Department of Energy announces Windustry recipient of grant to create a regional wind resource center. The announcement, from the DOE's Stakeholder Engagement & Outreach Newsletter, is reproduced below. Recent years have seen major growth in wind energy, and deployment projections indicate this trend will continue for all parts of the wind industry, from small distributed and community wind projects to massive land-based and offshore utility-scale facilities. Record numbers of Americans see wind energy as an important contributor to a secure and clean energy portfolio, and thousands of decisions are made every year at the household, local, state, and regional levels about wind energy development. Continue reading

Small Wind Turbine Program Aimed at Furthering Small Wind Development in MN

In 2011, with a grant from the USDA, Windustry and the Region Nine Renewable Energy Task Force launched a Small Wind Bulk Buy Program to help rural enterprises take advantage of the state's wind resources and net-metering laws. The program was supported by a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant, and other funders to support small wind energy, and the consequent economic development in the region. It provided Small Wind 101 training sessions, as well as technical and logistical support, including wind resource evaluation, site selection, economic evaluation, turbine selection, and support with permitting. The program focused on machines ranging in size from 2.4 kW to just under 40kW. Continue reading