We're taking a shot at getting a wind powered elec. generator! We've been kicking the idea around for quite a while now, but there has always been something more pressing to do with our money. Now a possible opportunity has presented itself. There's a push to get more wind power into this part of MN (there's a lot used further west), and there are some low interest loans available for qualified folks. It's somewhat of a rare opportunity-- usually the large scale wind farms are the ones to get loans or tax breaks.
Kids at a local college are writing up a proposal as an environmental sciences project. I'm taking wind readings three times a day so they'll have the data available. It seems kind of silly that I'm taking ground-level readings, and we have an evergreen windbreak (a tower would reach above the trees) but I suppose they have some way to adjust for that.
The proposal has to be finished by the end of the month, but I don't know when we'll hear back.
If we qualify, we'll be expected to keep good records, provide lots of feedback, and facilitate other individuals or small groups who are interested in windpower. Wish us luck!