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Published September 07 2012

White Earth to receive wind turbines

WHITE EARTH, Minn. – The White Earth Nation has signed an agreement with TWN Wind Power of North Vancouver, British Columbia, to supply and install two 40-kilowatt wind turbines that will be used to power the White Earth Community Service Center in Naytahwaush and the Ojibwa Building Supplies facility in Waubun.

Although there are hundreds of installations of the 3120-series wind turbines in North America and the United Kingdom, these will be the first to be installed under agreements of tribal communities working together.

Distributed wind energy, which is commonly referred to as small and community wind, is the use of typically smaller wind turbines at schools, businesses, homes and public facilities to offset all or a portion of on-site energy consumption.

The wind turbines will sit atop 140-foot towers and the projects are due to start construction this month with completion by November. The turbines will be connected to the electrical grid and generate electricity for both buildings.