Jeffers Bus Tour
On July 15th, 2010, the Norfolk Wind Energy founders and landowners, the development team, along with members from project partner, General Mills, toured the Jeffers Wind Energy Center in Cottonwood County, Minnesota. The Jeffers Wind Energy Center is a 50 megawatt (MW) community wind farm developed by National Wind. It includes 20, 2.5 megawatt Clipper wind turbines.
As Norfolk gets closer and closer to construction, project developer, National Renewable Solutions wants to ensure that landowners are comfortable and familiar with wind turbines. During the tour, landowners got a chance to learn how a wind turbine operates from the maintenance and operations crew. Participants even got the chance to tour the inside of a wind turbine. Landowners also got the opportunity to get their questions answered. All in all, it was a very fun, educational adventure for all involved.
Site Control is Complete
Norfolk Wind Energy reaches a site-control milestone. The amount of land leases signed surpasses 9,000 acres, the targeted allotment needed to develop 40 megawatts of wind energy.
Full Year of On-site Wind Studies
Norfolk Wind Energy's met tower has now collected over one year of wind data, verifying that the footprint has an excellent wind regime as indicated by initial wind analyses. This data will be used to determine the most productive turbine layouts for Norfolk Wind Energy.
Site Control Reaches 5,000 Acres
The total acreage of land signed to the project surpassed 5,000 acres. With community support and interest growing steadily over the first six months of development work, many landowners have chosen to become partners in Norfolk Wind Energy. Site control will continue with plans to wrap up the process by early 2010.
Met Tower Installation
National Wind Assessments installed a 60-meter meteorological tower (met tower) in the project footprint. The met tower will measure wind speeds and other data required to determine the wind resource in Norfolk Wind Energy's development area. Information from other towers in the vicinity was available during the project formation stage and indicated generally good wind in the area. However, data more specific to the project is needed to calculate the optimal turbine layouts for the Norfolk Wind Energy community wind farm.
In February 2009, a number of local community members became first-round investors in Norfolk Wind Energy, LLC. This investment, along with co-investment from National Renewable Solutions, LLC, the project's manager, provided the capital needed to begin the project.