Community & Distributed Wind

Northwest SEED specializes in community-scale, locally-owned wind projects, offering technical knowledge and analysis paired with educational workshops, outreach, and support to ensure that any community that wants to harness the wind can make that a reality. Here is a sample of our wind energy projects:

Nelson_and_Turbine_MountainsNorthwest Wind Resource & Action Center

Northwest SEED has partnered with Renewable Northwest and the Oregon Department of Energy to launch the Northwest Wind Resource and Action Center, one of six regional centers nationwide supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. The goal of the center is to provide high-quality, fact-based information to key stakeholders and the general public to support decision-making on regional wind energy issues.  Northwest SEED is leading the Community and Distributed Wind Working Group, with a focus on standardizing permitting and zoning, supporting innovative financing models, and providing direct technical assistance.

Now accepting applications for free technical assistance for proposed community wind projects! Technical assistance is available for to a limited number of entities each year and may include an initial evaluation of project viability, research into available financial incentives, guidance on possible ownership models, and identification of next steps. Applications are due December 22, 2014. Download the application form here.

Community Wind Feasibility Study– Whitehall, Montana

We partnered with the Jefferson Local Development Corporation in Whitehall, MT to investigate the feasibility of a locally-owned community-scale wind project. Due to an impending gold mine closure (and loss of a major employer) the local community actively pursued economic development and employment opportunities through wind development. Part of their pursuit included investigating a community wind project at the gold mine site. Northwest SEED conducted research, analysis, meetings and a site visit to determine the potential for developing a 1-3MW wind project at the gold mine. Based on the research, a technical report was prepared detailing the status of each project phase with a heavy emphasis on financing scenarios. The report also includes a roadmap of tasks that need to be initiated within the next six months to move the project beyond concept.

Our Wind Cooperative

Our Wind Cooperative is a unique cooperative of small-scale (10kW) wind turbines on farms, ranches and public and private facilities in Washington and Montana. The project consists of ten 10kW turbines that have collectively generated over 450,000 kWh within the first three years. Northwest SEED launched and managed the Our Wind Cooperative by providing comprehensive project management services. Learn more about the cooperative here.

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