The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER) can provide guidance to help ensure that small- and medium-sized wind turbine customers get what they bargain for. The division encourages consumers to conduct due diligence before purchasing and installing a wind energy system. Specialists from DER can answer questions from citizens considering a wind turbine system.
Renewable energy is an emerging and fast-growing industry in Minnesota, and wind is an important piece of that pie. Utility-scale wind generated 14.3 percent of Minnesota’s electricity in 2012, seventh highest among all states. Consumers considering a small (less than 40 kW) or medium (40 to 100 kW) sized turbine can take steps to make sure that they receive a turbine that meets industry standards and that the contractor they choose is reputable. The following tips should help:
For information on wind turbine projects, visit the wind section of the Division of Energy Resources website or the Distributed Wind Energy Association website at www.distributedwind.org. Questions about Minnesota wind projects can be directed to energy information staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-539-1886 or 1-800-657-3710.