Crow Lake Wind
Location: Chamberlain, SD
Output: 162 megawatts
Crow Lake Wind, a $363-million wind project just east of Chamberlain, SD, was commissioned in 2011. Built by Basin Electric's subsidiary PrairieWinds SD 1, Inc., it 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.
Construction on the Crow Lake project began Oct. 5, 2010. The entire project consists of 108 General Electric 1.5-megawatt turbines – 107 owned and operated by PrairieWinds SD 1, Inc., and one turbine sold to the Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI), Mitchell, SD.
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