Minnesota is the ninth windiest state in the country. This great resource combined with the reduced cost of wind power generation over the past several years means that wind power makes a lot of sense for Minnesotans.
SMMPA owns six wind turbines - two 950 kW wind turbines and two 1650 kW wind turbines located in member community Fairmont, as well as two 1650 kW wind turbines located in member community Redwood Falls. SMMPA installed its first two wind turbines in 2003 — four years before the Minnesota Legislature passed the Renewable Energy Standard — and then added four larger turbines in 2004 and 2005. Combined, these turbines generate over 27 million kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable electricity annually from a limitless Minnesota resource - the wind.
SMMPA purchases all power generated from the 100.5 MW Wapsipinicon Wind Farm through a power purchase agreement with EDF-Renewable Energy (EDF). The 67 1.5 MW GE turbines located near Dexter, Minnesota and about 25 miles South of Rochester, Minnesota generate approximately 335,000 MWh of electricity annually, which is enough electricity to meet the needs of over 39,000 homes.
Most recently, the Agency reached another agreement with EDF to purchase an additional 100 megawatts (MW) of wind energy from the Stoneray Wind Project beginning in 2020. Located in Pipestone and Murray counties in Southwestern Minnesota, the Stoneray Wind Project will likely be built in 2018 and will feature up to 50 wind turbines.
With this addition, the Agency and its Members will meet Minnesota Renewable Energy Standard of 25% of retail energy sales supplied by renewable sources by 2025.