Below are snapshots of projects currently operating around the country. See also long format
Pillar Mountain Wind Farm
ILEC Wind Project
|Host Co-op:||Kodiak Electric Association|
|Location:||Kodiak Island, AK|
|The Problem:||Diesel generation in a remote area is expensive and polluting.|
|Solution Type and Size:||Isolated Grid | 9 MW (6 x 1.5 MW wind turbines) + hydroelectric + battery storage + flywheel|
|Year Online:||2009 (Phase I), 2012 (Phase II)|
|Project saves ~1.8 million gallons of diesel fuel and ~$4.5 million annually for co-op.|
Cost of Power Adjustment (COPA), a fuel cost passed on to consumers in the co-op, decreased 53% immediately after Phase II went online.
> 99% of island's generation from renewable sources.
Fox Islands Wind
|Host Co-op:||Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative|
Leveraging large substations at ethanol plants for renewable generation.
|Solution Type and Size:||
FTM Wind | 21 MW (7 x 1.5 MW wind turbines at two sites)|
Largest wind project owned by a distribution electric cooperative.
High capacity factors, averaging 40% annually since coming online.
Worked with local community ollege to establish training program and bring operations & maintenance in-house.
Estimated margin of $300,000 a year.
Lake Region Wind-Solar Hybrid
|Host Co-op:||Fox Island Electric Cooperative|
|The Problem:||Electricity delivered by undersea cable has a high and volatile price.|
|Solution Type and Size:||FTM Wind | 4.5 MW (3 x 1.5 MW wind turbines)|
|Wind generation stabilizes and often reduces the high energy prices for an island community otherwise dependent on an undersea cable from the mainland.|
Excess electricity from the turbines is sold to the mainland in the winter and island residents buy energy from the mainland in the summer.
60% of the annual generated electricity is used on the islands, 40% sold.
|Host Co-op:||Lake Region Electric Cooperative|
|Location:||Trondhjem Township, MN|
|The Problem:||With ample wind and solar resources available, co-op members should be able to save more money on electricity.|
|Solution Type and Size:||FTM Wind hybrid | 2 MW (1 x 2.3 MW wind turbine) + 500 kW solar PV|
|Innovative co-located wind and solar generation with shared inverter and grid connection | reduced equipment requirement saved 10% or more on construction cost.|
Different seasonal peaks of the two technologies allow for more consistent energy production and higher overall capacity factor.
Saves co-op ~$150k annually and saves customers ~$0.025/kWh.
Honda Transmission Plant
|Host Co-op:||Logan County Electric Cooperative|
||Russells Point, OH|
||Honda Motor established a company-wide target of 10% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from its factories by 2020.|
|Solution Type and Size:||BTM Wind | 3.4 MW (2 x 1.7 MW wind turbines)|
|Turbines have supplied an average of 12% of the factory's annual electricity.
As much as 16.3% of the factory's monthly electricity use comes from the on-site turbines.
PITT OHIO Logistics Center
|The Problem:||Limited FTM renewable energy options make meeting corporate sustainability goals challenging.|
|Solution Type and Size:||BTM Microgrid | 24 kW (2 x 12 kW wind turbines) + 50 kW solar PV + 80 kWh battery storage|
|LED lighting upgrades and microgrid technology saves company ~$260k annually in utility costs.
Net-metering arrangement allows excess energy to be sold back to the grid.
10x larger facility in Parma, OH with same microgrid technology is nearing completion.