Two 40kW wind turbines to power Tribal community buildings
NORTH VANCOUVER—TWN Wind Power has signed an agreement with the White Earth Nation of Minnesota to supply two 40kW wind turbines. The small wind turbines will be used to power the White Earth Community Service Center in Naytahwaush and the Ojibwa Building Supplies facility in Waubun. TWN Wind Power, a First Nations company based in North Vancouver, offers Aboriginal communities throughout North America an opportunity to generate clean energy through small wind power.
“White Earth is thrilled not only to decrease our fossil fuel usage, energy dependence, and utility expense but to do so in partnership with another tribe only adds to the excitement surrounding this venture,” said Jerome Lhotka, White Earth economic development director. “We look forward to the commissioning of these two new machines adding to our green power initiatives yet this fall.”
The 40kW G-3120 Endurance Wind Power small wind turbines are the first installation of its kind in Indian Country. Although there are hundreds of installations of the 3120-series wind turbines in North America and the UK, 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 off-set all or a portion of on-site energy consumption.