Traverse City, Michigan was the first municipal utility in the state to install a utility scale turbine in 1996.
Two turbines were installed in 2001 on old sewer spray fields to help power Mackinaw City, Michigan.
There are three turbines in Algona, Iowa owned by a consortium of municipal utilities.
Lamar Light and Power in Lamar, Colorado and partnered the Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) to develop their community wind project.
Community wind projects are locally owned by farmers, investors, businesses, schools, utilities, or other public or private entities and they optimize local benefits. More...
The isind Project Calculator was developed to assist in performing cash flow modeling for community wind projects.
A Comparative Analysis of Business Structures Suitable for Farmer-Owned Wind Power Projects in the United States (November 2004) was prepared for the Wind & Hydropower Technologies Program, U.S. Department of Energy, by Mark Bolinger and Ryan Wise.
This report by Teresa Welsh of The Iowa Policy Project was published April 2005. This report highlights three analyses that compare the economic development benefits of small-scale, locally owned generation to other larger capacity ownership structures and discusses the barriers and changes necessary to aid the development of small scale, locally owned wind generation, specifically in Iowa.
Published by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) in September 2004, this report examines the amount of electricity generated by U.S. wind power and prospects for its growth, the contribution of wind power to farmers' income and rural communities, the advantages and disadvantages for farmers of owning a wind power project versus leasing land for a project, and USDA's efforts to promote wind power in rural communities.