About the Wind Turbine Project
Grinnell College is currently considering the construction of a 3 to 4 megawatt wind turbine facility northwest of campus which will provide about 30% of the campus's energy. Browse through the links on the left or read on below or check out FTPpamphlet.pdf to find out more information about this project.
- In the summer of 2005, President Osgood charged a committee of faculty and staff members to investigate the feasibility of constructing wind turbines to provide energy for campus.
- In February of 2005, the College commissioned Wind Utility Consulting, a private consulting firm, to further investigate the economics of utilizing wind energy for the college.
- The findings of the Grinnell College Wind Feasibility Committee and Wind Utility Consulting were published in a 2006 Wind Energy Feasibility Committee Full Preliminary Report in April of 2005.
- The Board of Trustees met in April 2006 to discuss this report, and decided to approve the construction of a 500 kW turbine at CERA and commissioned another study by Wind Utility Consulting to further investigate constructing wind turbines for campus.
- The Trustees continued to discuss wind energy at their meeting on October 6th, 2006.
- The Trustees will review the Emmisions Reduction Commitment at the upcomming meeting on October 5th, 2007.
A petition demonstrating the support of Grinnell alumni, students, staff, and community members for wind energy was presented to President Osgood and the Board of Trustees on February 24th, 2006. In a little over two weeks, the petition collected signatures from:
- 204 Alumni
- 582 Students
- 28 Faculty
- 27 Staff
- 23 Parents
- 6 Community Members
- 27 Others
In April of 2006, the SGA Joint Board unanimously passed a SGA Wind Resolution April 2006_final.doc demonstrating student support for wind energy.
Special thanks to Rachel Walberg for the logo!