Akron-Westfield Community School District, Akron IA: Community Wind Project installed a 600kW turbine in 1999.
Community Wind Projects
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.
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.
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.