Winona County Interested in Wind Energy

The county's Economic Development Authority has spent $50,000 on preliminary feasibility studies. It's also applied for a two hundred thousand dollar state grant designed to fund community-owned wind power projects.

If the county board approves, it would build a three million dollar turbine and sell the electricity generated by it to a utility company.

E-D-A says the project is expected to pay for itself in about ten years and generate a ten percent return on investment over 20 years.

Minnesota is ranked ninth in the country for its wind potential. But it's fourth in the nation in installed generating capacity. California, Texas and Iowa have more capacity.