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Minnesota Distributed Wind Webinars


These webinars cover a broad range of distributed wind topics including turbine selection, performance estimation, site assessment, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant application process, updates on market developments, and market studies.  

Disclaimer: These webinars do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Commerce (Commerce), its employees or the State of Minnesota (State). Commerce, the State, its employees, contractors and subcontractors make no warrant, express or implied, and assume no legal liability for the information in these webinars.

2014 USDA Rural Development REAP funding cycle 
March 10, 2014
This webinar provides a review of key changes to REAP, eligibility to seek funds, filling out the application, how projects are scored, and example of project ideas.

Presentations by: 

  • Ron Omann, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development 
  • Fritz Ebinger, The Minnesota Project
  • Webinar Slides and Recording (on CERTs website, with additional details)

Distributed Wind Market Overview and Opportunities 
May 22, 2014

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Best Practices for Distributed Wind Project Development and Installation  

June 5, 2014

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Results of Minnesota Distributed Wind Energy Industry & Market Study
   

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 2 p.m. CDT

Presentation of Market Assessment Report by John Dunlop, Renewable Energy Services (.pdf)

This webinar summarizes the findings of a recent study of Minnesota’s distributed wind energy markets. The study was conducted by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society and partners CR Planning, The Minnesota Project, eFormative Options, and Renewable Energy Services, and was commissioned by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. The study includes several components: (1) Understanding market barriers & unrealized opportunities for developing Minnesota’s wind resources; (2) Developing a better understanding of who participates in Minnesota’s distributed wind market; (3) Improving documentation of existing distributed wind installations; (4) Assessing market participants’ perceptions of and use of industry best practices in equipment selection & installation, site assessment and operations & maintenance; and (5) Understanding how market participants get their information & communicate with others in the industry.