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Sarah Aubrey - Prosperity Ag and Energy Resources

Prosperity Ag & Energy Resources is a full service full service, funding-opportunities development firm. Prosperity focuses on grant writing, guaranteed loans and general grant administration, working closely with state and federal contacts to strengthen communities, empower entrepreneurs and foster growth of farms and businesses. Prosperity also offers areas of specialty in project assessment and feasibility funding evaluation, energy audits, liaison with government agencies and funding organizations, professional speaking, and educational webinars.

Prosperity Ag & Energy Resources website

REDI Resources

Clean Energy Project Builder

Clean Energy Project Builder (formerly REDI Resources) is an online directory of community and small wind, and solar power companies from all over the United States who serve Minnesota’s clean energy industry. The directory allows you to browse companies; to search by specific services like engineering, operations & maintenance, or legal services; to find companies near you using geographic search; and to find companies through a range of other details like service area, number of employees, or completed project capacity.

Clean Energy Project Builder is a long-term resource provided through the collaborative efforts of the Southwest Initiative Foundation, Clean Energy Resource Teams, The Minnesota Project, and Windustry.


Turbine sizes: 275 kW and 1 MW.

The Vergnet GEV MP 275kW wind turbine is available in tilt-up or monopole tower versions, and it is designed to operate in hot and corrosive or cold weather environments. More than 415 units have been installed worldwide since 2001.

(US subsidiary)
185 Alewife Brook Parkway
Cambridge, MA 04138

(head office)
1 rue des Chataigniers
45140 Ormes - France
Tél. : +33 238 52 35 60


Unison Co., Ltd.

Location: Korea

Turbine sizes: 750 kW (direct drive), 2 MW (permanent magnet synchronous generator). Wind turbines in development include direct drive 2.5 MW, 3 MW, and 3.6MW (offshore) units.

North America:
Unison Co., Ltd.
14452 West 44th Avenue
Golden, CO 80403
(303) 328-7574

Unison Website

Community Wind projects get a boost from Washington State

Washington State August 30, 2010 The State of Washington has awarded Cascade Community Wind Company (CCWC) one million dollars (30% grant 70% low interest loan) to help install up to eight community wind turbines before December 2011.

Report Uses Cases Studies to Explore Community Wind

Lessons & Concepts for Advancing Community Wind, released by The Minnesota Project, seeks to advance the development of community-based wind projects in the United States by drawing keys to success and policy recommendations from three compelling Midwestern case studies.

Wind energy continues to experience double digit growth rates because of the relatively cheap technology and the widespread availability of wind resources, and numerous studies have now shown that locally-owned wind projects produce disproportionate benefits to the local community and region where they are built. This presents community wind energy development as a stand-out opportunity for communities across America to pursue locally-owned projects that will help meet their electricity needs and contribute to energy independence while also providing tremendous economic benefits. 

Report Contents:

  • Section I: Community Wind Case Studies
    • Winona County, MN
    • City of Willmar, MN
    • Miner County, SD
  • Section II: Keys to Success
    • Visioning & Planning
    • Project Leadership
    • Involving the Community
    • Financing & Pricing
  • Section III: Solutions for Advancing Community Wind
    • Dispersed Generation Studies
    • Siting & Permitting Standardization
    • Establishing or Improving C-BED Legislation
    • Rural Utility Service Loans
    • Investment Tax Credit or Cash Grant
    • Net Metering
    • Advanced Renewable Tariffs
    • Standard Offer Contracts
    • Increasing Renewable Portfolio Standards

Americans Making Power Act Proposes National Net Metering

July 8, 2010 - 12:33pm -- Anonymous

July 2010, Washington, D.C. - Rep. Jay Inslee (WA) has introduced the Americans Making Power Act, or AMP Act, which would establish a national standard for net metering. The legislation would allow Americans to feed back into the grid excess renewable power they generate through their homes, small businesses and even places of worship. This legislation would also improve reliability of the nation's electric grid by encouraging a more diffuse means of energy production.

U.S. Wind Industry Can Create Tens of Thousands of Jobs

July 8, 2010 - 10:46am -- Anonymous

According to a report released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), BlueGreen Alliance, and the United Steelworkers, the U.S. wind industry can create tens of thousands of additional jobs manufacturing wind turbines and components if the U.S. passes long-term policies that create a stable market for the domestic wind energy supply chain.

Lummi Nation Wind Energy Development Feasibility Assessment Services RFP

June 30, 2010 - 9:25am -- Anonymous


The Lummi Nation is requesting proposals from qualified consulting firms to provide wind energy development feasibility assessment services. The overall goal of the Lummi Indian Reservation Wind Energy Development Feasibility Assessment Project, which is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, is to determine if and at what cost wind energy development on the Reservation can help achieve the tribal goal of energy self-sufficiency.

E3 2010


St. Paul, MN - This year's E3 conference takes place Tuesday, November 30 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. E3 2010 keynote speakers include energy policy expert Daniel Kammen and U.S. Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale. Conference topics will include:

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