The Crow Lake Wind Emissions Reduction Project, located on 36,000 acres east of Chamberlain, South Dakota, is the largest wind project owned solely by a cooperative in the United States. The $363 million wind project began commercial operation in 2011 and consists of 108 GE 1.5-megawatt turbines - 107 operated by Basin Electric Power Cooperative (BEPC), and one turbine owned by the Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI). MTI uses the turbine as part of the school's wind turbine technology program, which educates future wind technicians. The output of all the turbines is ultimately purchased by BEPC pursuant to power purchase agreements by and between each of the turbine owners. The turbines at the Crow Lake Wind project site, with an aggregate generating capacity of 162 MW, generate emissions reductions by delivering electricity generated by use of a renewable fuel source (wind) onto the bulk transmission system. This project was developed voluntarily, and was not implemented to meet any state renewable portfolio standard requirements. Two hundred construction jobs were created during the installation of the Crow Lake wind farm.
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