Wind as a renewable resource does not have to be purchased, but rather captured through strategically located turbines to generate power. Many states across the U.S. have diversified their energy portfolios to include wind power. Indiana has become home to large utility scale wind farms to help meet this growing demand. Indiana’s state wind resource at higher altitudes and power transmission capability make the state a player in this emerging industry. Just as importantly, our state has welcomed the economic development opportunity throughout our rural communities. Small wind turbine installations are a unique opportunity and should be considered with a different set of parameters to determine their viability. The resources and tools available through this website will help guide you and your community when making important decisions about integrating with wind energy.
Wind Energy Publications
(PDF) Author(s): Kate K. Mulvaney
(PDF) Author(s): Linda Stalker Prokopy
(PDF) Author(s): Chad Martin and Klein lleleji
Update on County Wind Ordinance Development Progress
JUNE 2010 (PDF)
A Landowner's Guide to Wind Energy Contracts
(ID- RE-5-W) (PDF) Author(s):Chad Martin and Curt Emanuel
Energy from the Wind: Planning for a Small Wind Turbine in Rural Areas of Indiana
(ID-RE-2) (PDF) Author(s): Chad Martin and Klein lleleji
Indiana Small Wind Guide
(PDF) Author(s): U.S. Department of Energy
Wind Energy Tools
Small Wind Economic Model
A spreadsheet tool that can help you analyze the economics of a small wind electric system and decide whether wind energy will work for you. (MS Excel 102kb)
Indiana 50m Wind Map
U.S. Department of Energy - National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Wind Energy Links
The national trade association for the wind energy industry.
US Department of Energy web site for information on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
Hosted by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, the Illinois Wind Web site is a resource for the expansion and integration of wind power throughout rural Illinois.
Develops and coordinates the state’s energy plan and offers grant funding through its Alternative Power and Energy program as well as its Residential Geothermal Rebate program.
A strategic partner with Purdue Extension and a network of selected Universities across the U.S. to provide wind energy outreach.
Coordinates the REAP or Rural Energy for America Program which provides grant funding and loan guarantees for installing renewable energy systems, or to improve energy efficiency for producers and small businesses located in rural areas.
USDA Rural Development REAP Grant and Guaranteed Loan Program