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Crow Lake Wind Farm

Offset Program/Registry: Verified Carbon Standard

Estimated Annual Emission Reductions: 430,000 metric tons CO2

The Crow Lake Wind project is a zero emissions, grid-connected electricity generation source located on 36,000 acres in South Dakota. The commercial operation date of this project is February 1, 2011 and the entire project consists of 108 General Electric 1.5-megawatt turbines with a generating capacity of 162 megawatts (MW).

The electricity generated is provided to Basin Electric Power Cooperative (BEPC), a not-for-profit, wholesale electric generation and transmission cooperative based in North Dakota. BEPC provides electricity to 2.8 million customers across 135 rural distribution companies in 9 states (MT, MN, IA, SD, ND, CO, NM, NB, WY).

The Crow Lake Wind Farm is the largest wind project owned solely by a cooperative in the United States. Seven of the turbines located at the Crow Lakes project site are owned by a group of 600 local community investors, called the South Dakota Wind Partners, and one turbine has been sold to the Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, S.D.

Mitchell Technical Institute uses the turbine as part of the school’s wind turbine technology program. This unique relationship allows the school to sell the turbine’s output to BEPC while allowing access for generations of students and engineers to gain hands-on technical experience.