The Rosebud Tribal Wind Energy Project
Tony Rogers, Executive Director of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Utility Commission, generously donated his time and gave us a complete description of the project.†
The Wind Energy Project is jointly
funded by a grant from the Department of Energy, a Rural Utility Services loan,
and Tribal In-Kind contributions.† NEG
is the manufacturer of the turbine which was purchased as a turnkey operation
for a total cost of $665,000.† The
turbine has been dismantled from its previous location in
Long range plans include developing three wind farms on the Rosebud Reservation.† Each farm will contain about 15 utility scale wind turbines.† Plans call for one wind farm to generate electricity to power homes and business on the reservation, another to sell electricity on the open market to cover operational expenses, and a third to generate revenue to be dispersed to residents of the Rosebud Reservation.
The Rosebud Wind Energy Project is certainly a positive and progressive initiative that will make the Rosebud reservation more energy independent, will conserve our nonrenewable energy resources (coal, oil, etc.), will protect the earth from the damage of extracting fossil fuel materials, will save much pollution of the atmosphere from burning of those fuels, and will serve as an example to the nation of Lakota respect for the earth.
This small home-sized wind turbine is on display in Tony Rogerís office.
To learn more about wind energy, visit the link below:
Starting Spring 2004 Jim Taulman will offer a course on Renewable Energy Technologies at OLC that will cover wind, solar, hydro, and energy efficient building design.