Crow Lake Wind
Location: White Lake, SD
Output: 162 megawatts
Crow Lake Wind, located east of Chamberlain, South Dakota, is the largest wind project owned solely by a cooperative in the United States. Crow Lake Wind also featured a first-of-its-kind community wind investment partnership, and its turbines are used to educate future wind technicians.
The project was built by PrairieWinds SD 1, a Basin Electric subsidiary which was merged into Basin Electric in early 2018. The $363-million wind project went into operation in 2011.
The project consists of 108 General Electric 1.5-megawatt turbines – 107 owned and operated by Basin Electric, and one turbine sold to the Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI), Mitchell, South Dakota. Watch a video to see how students use the turbine to learn the skills they will need throughout their careers.
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