​NRECA Research's Rural Area Distributed Wind Integration Network Development (RADWIND) project aims to understand, address, and reduce the technical risks and market barriers to the adoption of distributed wind technologies by rural utilities.

Our third in a series of case studies on financing distributed wind projects highlights a member-financed small wind deployment at a family-owned cattle business in Colorado. This project was the result of the owner's desire to do the right thing for the environment, increase the value of his products, and diversify his business model – but also required creative partnerships to achieve these goals and ultimately become a profitable investment.