Financing Second Turbine in UMN, Morris took ingenuity

Second Wind Turbine at University of Minnesota, Morris. Wind energy now provides an average of 70 percent of campus electricity
Photo: Courtesy of Courtney Driessen '12, Blooming Prairie, Minn.

A Second wind turbine began operating at the University of Minnesota, Morris, in March, 2011 - just south of the first public university large-scale wind research turbine in the nation, installed in 2005.

The new turbine is 10 meters taller and delivers 10 percent more power than the existing turbine at West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC).

Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson states, it “will further reduce the University of Minnesota, Morris’s carbon footprint, advance our goal of producing more energy than we consume, and fix our electrical costs for the next 20 years.”

As staff Writer Jennifer Hill, points out in in the Novogradac Journal of Tex Credits, financing the second project went through a number of phases: Against the Wind: Smaller Projects Use Creativity to Secure Financing and Equipment