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Community Scale Wind Energy Project

Purpose

To monitor and map wind resource; and also determine its economic feasibility along Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior.

Partners

University Partners

Community Partners

Activities

Measured wind along the North Shore of Lake Superior to create a wind resource map for the region and conduct economic feasibility studies for interested communities.

Outcomes

Using data collected from the wind monitoring sites and a procedure to extrapolate between sites, the Center for Sustainable Community Development at University of Minnesota, Duluth, developed a new wind map, which shows we have more wind in this area than portrayed in other maps. This new information has stimulated interest in both small-scale community wind development and large-scale commercial wind development. Larger-scale projects are currently limited by transmission line capacity, but smaller scale projects are underway in Lutsen, Grand Marais and Grand Portage as a result of this study.

Funding

$6000

Leveraged resources

$53,085
Plus more than $4000 in-kind work

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