Crow Lake Wind Project

Project Type: Wind Energy
Location: South Dakota
Vintage: 2019
Standards: Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)
Capacity: 162 MW

Project Description

The 162 MW Crow Lake Wind Project located east of Chamberlain, South Dakota hosts 108 wind turbines, generating renewable energy and displacing electricity from the grid. 100 of the 1.5 MW turbines are owned by Prairiewinds SD 1, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Basin Electric Power Cooperative, a not-for-profit, wholesale electric generation and transmission cooperative. 7 of the turbines are owned by South Dakota Wind Partners, a South Dakota limited liability company, and the last turbine is owned by Mitchell Technical Institute, a local technical college.

Impacts & Benefits

The Crow Lake Wind Project produces enough renewable energy to power as many as 129,000 homes, keeping over 430,000 tonnes of CO2 out of the atmosphere each year. In addition to replacing fossil fuel generated grid electricity, the project
provides a training ground for the next generation of renewable energy technicians by providing hands-on experience for students at Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI) in Mitchell, South Dakota. Students in MTI’s Wind Turbine Technology Program have the opportunity to work directly with the Crow Lake Project turbines, providing them with critical experience that bolsters both their individual careers and the renewable energy industry.

Validation & Verification

The project has been validated and the carbon emissions reductions have been verified to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). Future year emissions reductions will also be verified to VCS.