local ownership

Farmer- And Family-owned Wind Rises In Iowa

Iowa ranks third in installed wind power capacity in the US. It’s 5,500 megawatts are behind only Texas and California (and it has much more wind power per capita). But, like many windy places, the turbines sprouting from the Iowa prairie are often owned by multinational corporations, taking advantage of … [continued]

Minnesota’s First Community Solar Project Doubles Down On Local

  As community solar grows in popularity, an innovative solar project by the Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association in Minnesota highlights the opportunity of merging local ownership with locally assembled solar panels. Earlier this fall, this cooperative serving communities just north and west of the Twin Cities metropolitan area announced Minnesota’s first … [continued]

Local Ownership Doubles Economic Value of Wind

  Local ownership of a wind project accounts for half of its lifetime economic value to the community! You can see the benefits of each development stage when locally owned or managed in the graphic above. From: Value Creation for Local Communities through Renewable Energies [pdf] This post originally appeared … [continued]