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Rosebud Sioux Tribe Installs a 750-Kilowatt Wind Turbine
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe installed a 750-kilowatt wind turbine on its reservation on February 27th, completing a project that began eight years ago with wind resource monitoring. With half of the project funded by a DOE Cooperative Grant, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe financed the remainder of the project by obtaining the first-ever loan for a tribal wind energy project from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utility Service. The project will supply power to the reservation and will also sell power to the Basin Electric Power Cooperative. "Green tags" from the project are also being sold through NativeEnergy, LLC.
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is located in south-central South Dakota. DOE estimates that the 24 reservations in the northern Great Plains have a wind energy potential greater than 300 gigawatts. See the announcement on DOE's Tribal Energy Program Web site.
Clif Bar Inc., a maker of all-natural energy and nutrition foods, is the latest buyer of green tags from NativeEnergy. Clif Bar is buying enough green tags to displace about 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. See the press release on the NativeEnergy Web site.