Spirit Lake School District – Wind Energy Economics 101

Date: 30 Aug 2004 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Note: This article was originally published in the April 2002 issue of Democratic Energy

If you’re trying to persuade your school district to rely on wind power, contact the good folks in the School District of Spirit Lake, Iowa. They’ll give you a detailed economic breakdown of the costs, and benefits, of their two wind turbines, with a total capacity of 1 MW. These turbines generate more than enough electricity for all of the District’s facilities. By the year 2008 their original investments will be paid off and the district expects to save about $140,000 each year thereafter.

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John Farrell directs the Energy Democracy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and he develops tools that allow communities to take charge of their energy future, and pursue the maximum economic benefits of the transition to 100% renewable power.

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