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Distributed Wind (<100kW)

Information and resources for distributed wind projects (under 100 kW) at homes, farms and businesses.

Frequently Asked Questions
Contains basic information about wind power and is a good place to begin the process of deciding how wind might work for you.

Guidelines and Resources for Distributed Wind Projects
A brief listing of guidelines and resources for planning an on-site wind energy project, including turbine listings, questions to ask, and incentives.

Hiring a Renewable Energy Contractor      
Questions to ask a renewable energy contractor; includes links to maps of solar and wind energy contractors in Minnesota.

Search Renewable Energy Installers Directory
A directory called Clean Energy Builder is provided by Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS) to find companies in Minnesota that can help you plan, implement and manage clean energy projects.

Minnesota Distributed Wind Webinars
These webinars cover a broad range of topics on market developments and best practices, including turbine selection, performance estimation, site assessment, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant application process, the distributed wind energy supply chain, and market participants in Minnesota.

Get Added to Renewable Energy Installers Directory
A completely free service provided by Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS) to include your company in the online directory.

Wind Resource Maps and Site Assessments
Articles originally in the AWEA WindLetter. Part 1 (pages 1-3) from March 2010 covers wind site assessment. Part 2 (pages 4-7) from April 2010 covers wind turbine siting. Re-posted with permission from the author, Mick Sagrillo.

Wind Speed Verification Tool - 30 Meter 
This interactive application identifies the wind speed for a specific Minnesota location at a 30 meter elevation above ground level, based on data used for the 2006 wind map. This data should be used as a general guideline for screening purposes only. Specific site conditions that affect wind speed should be evaluated by a trained wind site assessor before investing in a wind turbine.