Crow Lake Wind

Crow Lake Wind

Type: Renewable

Fuel: Wind

Location: Chamberlain, SD

Output: 162 megawatts

Crow Lake Wind, a $363-million wind project just east of Chamberlain, SD, was commissioned Feb. 27, 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 is also 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 – 100 owned and operated by PrairieWinds SD 1, Inc., one turbine sold to the Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI), Mitchell, SD, and the remaining seven are owned by a group of local community investors called the South Dakota Wind Partners.

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