Schoolyards and Wind Turbines: Bureau Valley School District Gets a Turbine
Eldora-New Providence Community Schools, Eldora, IA: Community Wind Project, Writing, Wind Energy & Arithmetic Construction of the Eldora-New Providence wind turbine.
Akron-Westfield Community School District, Akron IA: Community Wind Project installed a 600kW turbine in 1999.
Locally-owned, commercial-scale wind projects that optimize local benefits. Locally-owned means that one or more members of the local community has a significant direct financial stake in the project other than through land lease payments, tax revenue, or other payments in lieu of taxes. The term Community Wind refers to the method and intention of development rather than the size of the project.
2005 Minnesota law requiring Minnesota utilities to establish tariffs for wind energy projects meeting specific requirements for local ownership. The tariff sets a framework for negotiation of power purchase agreements between utility companies and qualifying community-based energy projects where the payment for energy in the first 10 years of the project is higher than in the last ten years.
Many cooperatives in the Midwest have been hesitant to venture into wind energy, but Sean Middleton, Manager of Engineering at the Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative (IREC), wanted to show them that it can be done
Missouri River Energy Services put up four turbines near Worthington, MN.
Waverly Light & Power (WLP) was the first utility in the Midwest to invest in wind energy with an 80 kW turbine in 1993.