With all the talk the talk these days about wind power, I decided to check out a project developed a few years ago, back when gas was relatively cheap and everybody was buying SUVs. This particular project really appealed to me because it was being driven not by corporate America but by a group of local farmers.
Here's an excerpt of the ABC News story Farmers on the Cutting Edge of Energy:
TRIMONT, Minn. -- One would hardly know it driving down Main Street, but this tiny prairie town surrounded by corn and soybean fields is at the forefront of America's fight to wean itself off oil.
Long before gas topped $4 a gallon or Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens embraced renewable energy, a group of farmers here banded together to build a massive wind farm.
Today their vision is paying off.
At the edge of town, 67 giant turbines -- each taller than the Statue of Liberty -- rise above the landscape, producing enough electricity to power 29,000 homes throughout the state and providing the farmers and local government with roughly $2 million a year. And it's just the beginning. Soon, a second phase of the project will be online -- doubling the number of towers -- and a third phase is already being planned.
So how did this town of only 754 residents, where the local radio station includes the price of cattle and corn in its news updates, land on the forefront of the nation's energy solutions? Read on...
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