Minnesota Energy Office Supports Community Wind
The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced on August 1 it has $400,000 of grants available to support community wind projects in the state. There are a total of two grants available, worth $200,000 apiece, for communities or nonprofit organizations that install wind turbines with a combined rating of at least 900 kilowatts (kW) by June 2007. For more information, see the Minnesota Department of Commerce's August 1 request for proposals.
Community projects are owned by nonprofit (non-taxable) organizations such as local government agencies, educational institutions, tribal governments, and non-governmental organizations. Several states in the Midwest, such as Minnesota, for example, have shown interest in community wind projects because they promote economic development in the local communities where the projects are located. For background information about community wind projects, see a presentation by Lisa Daniels, executive director of Windustry, at the May 2005 states summit of DOE's Wind Powering America in Colorado (PDF 1317 KB).