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FY 2012 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Soliciation issued

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On January 20, 2012, the FY 2012 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Solicitation was issued. The REAP program provides grants to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. Deadlines are set for March and June of 2012.

Community and Small Wind Webinar Series - Small Wind Market Report Recording

Community and Small Wind Webinar Series

Topic #1: U.S. Small Wind Market Report: 144,000 Turbines Deployed

Video and text versions of the webinar are available for this webinar that was recorded on December 15, 2011. This webinar examined the market for clean, affordable, homegrown wind energy and recent growth in sales, capacity and incentives for small wind turbines (up to 100 kW) powering homes, farms and businesses.

Windustry Moved to New Offices

Continues to Deliver Innovative Community Wind Programs

Minneapolis, MN, December 12, 2011 – Windustry has moved to new offices, located just four blocks from its old offices. The organization’s new contact information is below. Please update your address book and database accordingly. All staff e-mails and the website url remain the same.

201 Ridgewood Avenue
Minneapolis MN 55403
Phone: 612-200-0331 OR

Community Wind: Affordable, Abundant, Ready To Deliver

Innovative new technologies are continually being developed that will help us to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change. Despite these efforts, the Earth's atmospheric CO2 levels continue to rise. According to NASA's Jim Hansen and other leading scientists, the number one way to cut emissions quickly and get below 350ppm - the estimated safe upper limit of CO2 in the atmosphere - is to stop burning fossil fuels and convert to more renewable sources - as soon as possible.

Tom Wind given Inaugural Community Wind Distinguished Service Award

November 7, 2011 - 1:17pm -- Anonymous

The Windustry Board of Directors is pleased to announce the inauguration and the first recipient of the Distinguished Service in Community Wind Award. This award is given annually to a person who has made an exceptionally significant contribution to the establishment and growth of Community Wind as a uniquely valuable form of clean, renewable energy.

Kevin Schulte and Jacob Susman given Inaugural Community Wind Innovator Award

November 7, 2011 - 12:36pm -- Anonymous

Windustry is pleased to announce the establishment and presentation of the Community Wind Innovator Award, which is to be given annually to an individual who has made significant progress over the past two years in forging ahead with new policies, new approaches, new business models or new research to further community and distributed wind energy. This person's ideas and efforts have changed how we think about or perform our work. The recipient of this award:

Wind Energy Costs Trending Down

Since 2008 wind turbine prices in the U.S. have fallen by nearly one-third on average, according to a new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). "Understanding Trends in Wind Turbine Prices Over the Past Decade" examines how $-per-kW costs have declined in recent years, after having previously doubled over the period from 2002 through 2008. Berkeley Lab analyzed price data on a sampling of U.S. wind turbine transactions totaling 23,850 megawatts from 1997 through early 2011.

2010 Wind Technologies Market Report

August 15, 2011 - 3:49pm -- Anonymous

U.S. Department of Energy logoThe U.S. Department of Energy released the  "2010 Wind Technologies Market Report,"  prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, providing a comprehensive overview of trends in the U.S. wind power market.  Despite a trying year in which wind power capacity additions declined significantly compared to both 2008 and 2009, the U.S. remained one of the fastest-growing wind power markets in the world in 2010-second only to China-according to the report.

Great River Energy RFP for C-BED Renewable Energy Resources

August 15, 2011 - 10:02am -- Anonymous

Great River Energy (GRE) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for community-based energy development (C-BED) renewable energy resources. GRE seeks proposals for energy resources (minimum 40 kW nameplate capacity) delivered to the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. (MISO) wholesale energy market that qualify as Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) under Minnesota Statute §216B.1612 (2010).


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