Windustry works hard everyday to increase locally owned, locally used, clean energy in Minnesota and throughout the U.S.
Windustry functions as the go-to center for information on anything related to community wind. Windustry works hard everyday to increase locally owned, locally used, clean energy throughout the U.S.
What Exactly IS Community Wind?
A community-owned wind energy business differs from a commercially-owned wind energy business in that it is typically made up of a group of rural landowners, local small businesses and/or community leaders who have come together through a cooperative-style or other multi-ownership business model to develop and jointly own a wind project. In a community wind project, the landowners can invest in and own the turbines and the energy produced, rather than simply leasing their land to the commercial developer.
Addressing Climate Change
Community wind is locally-owned distributed wind energy; energy generated on-site or near where it is used by farms, homes, businesses, and public facilities. Locally produced, locally used wind energy is currently the most rapidly deployable and cost effective form of clean energy available. Distributed wind’s potential to contribute to a real and immediate reduction in the Earth’s atmospheric CO2 level is one of the outcomes that drives what Windustry does.
Wind Energy and Rural Economic Development
Energy from a community-wind project is either used locally or can be sold to an off-taker and put onto the large nation-wide transmission grid and carried to distant users. The sale of this energy provides an additional income source for the project owners: farmers, small business owners, municipalities, colleges or universities, rural electric cooperatives. When wind turbines are owned locally, not only are the economic benefits multiplied by a factor, but the economic benefits stay local in the form of income, new jobs, activated supply chains, and adjunct business development. The potential for community-owned wind energy to contribute to rural economic growth is the other outcome that drives our work.
So What Exactly is Windustry Doing and What Will Your Donation Support?
For over 15 years Windustry has played a significant role in helping to develop, promote and support the growth of community-owned wind energy.
Windustry provides detailed information on community wind project development to stakeholders such as farmers, rural landowners, local utility representatives, community planners, rural economic development professionals, and decision-makers at the local, state and federal levels. Windustry also provides expertise and technical assistance to emerging small and community wind projects nationwide.
During the past year, donations from people like you have helped us to make community wind more accessible in the following ways:
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