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Central Minnesota's First Large-Scale Community Wind Development

Lake Country Wind Energy, LLC plans to develop one or more wind projects in Meeker and Kandiyohi Counties, Minnesota. By harnessing the wind energy in the area, Lake Country Wind Energy hopes to generate up to 340 megawatts (MW) of clean, environmentally friendly, low-cost electricity.

In addition to creating sustainable and environmentally responsible power, Lake Country Wind Energy also follows a model of community-based development. Local landowners have the opportunity to get involved in the project. A primary goal of any and all Lake Country wind developments will be to ensure that the local community enjoys the majority of the economic benefits of the projects. The focus on local economic development reflects yet another layer of the company's commitment to sustainability.

Wind farm plans move forward for Meeker, Kandiyohi counties

From the Litchfield Independent Review View a PDF version of the article August 19th, 2010 By Brent Schacherer, Editor

Harnessing the power of the wind takes time, but the payoff is coming.

Officials from Lake Country Wind Energy, the locally owned company that plans to create a wind farm in Meeker and Kandiyohi counties, told interested residents during a meeting Aug. 16 at the Atwater Community Center that their project remains on track. But it is likely to be at least another year before the first wind turbines begin to churn out electricity for the nation’s power grid.

“It’s good to see the community come out and be excited about it,” said Jeremy Duehr, an environmental scientist at Malcolm Pirnie and a consultant on the project. “It’s good to see that support.”

The board of directors of Lake Country Wind Energy scheduled the meeting to update investors and area landowners, as well as other interested citizens, on the project.

Project Update Presentation a Success

Lake Country Wind Energy hosts a successful project update meeting on August 16th, 2010 at the Atwater Community Center. Over 100 community members and project participants gathered to learn more about the recent draft site permit submitted for the development of the project's first 41 MW phase. Over 100 landowners attended, accompanied by Lake Country Wind Energy's founders and board members, field specialist, Jan Donahue, and National Wind developer, Chuck Burdick. Everybody enjoyed a slice of pie from the Atwater Bakery and some 1919 Rootbeer! It was a fun evening for all involved as we continuously celebrate the project's ongoing successes!

Click here to view photos taken during the event.

Progress of Lake Country Wind projects to be discussed Monday

From the West Central Tribune August 14th, 2010

ATWATER — The permitting process to install 20 wind turbines in Meeker and Kandiyohi counties is under way, with a community meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Atwater Community Center.

The meeting will include information about the site permit for the first phase of Lake Country Wind Energy’s 340-megawatt development that includes installation of 20 turbines that will generate a total of 41 megawatts of renewable energy.

The turbines will be located in Swede Grove and Acton townships in west central Meeker County and in Gennessee, Harrison and Kandiyohi townships in Kandiyohi County.

Once the permitting is completed, the turbines could be constructed late this year or early next year.

The site permit application was submitted Aug. 4 to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

The meeting Monday will include a project update to answer questions about the permitting process for the initial 20 turbines.

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