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White Earth Nation is wind power success story in Minnesota

Almost 8 years after taking the initial steps to harness the wind, the White Earth Nation recently completed the installation of two small wind turbines that will help offset energy costs for Minnesota's largest and most populous Native American reservation. According to the Wind Powering America newsletter, the White Earth Nation installed a 50-kW system that will provide 30 to 50 percent of the Naytahwaush Humanity Center’s electrical needs. The second is a 35-kW system that will meet 100 percent of the electrical needs of the Ojibwe Building Supply.

The White Earth Nation wind project is funded by nearly $1.8 million in congressional appropriations along with $500,000 of tribal assets and a $200,000 grant from the Blandin Foundation. The two Endurance wind turbines complete the initial phase of wind energy development for the tribe. The White Earth Nation is planning a third turbine installation, a refurbished Zond 750-kW turbine expected to be completed by September 2013. Read more.