In 2007, a group of 16 local residents formed Getty Wind to develop a locally-owned Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) wind farm. Later that year, the group hired a developer and requested an interconnection with the Midwest ISO to connect the project to the local transmission system. Over the past 4 years, working with landowners, businesses, contractors, legislators, and local government, the wind farm has made steady progress forward.
In 2010, Getty began looking for a financial partner to facilitate the financing of Midwest ISO system upgrades and wind farm construction. After a lengthy search, Getty entered into an agreement with Geronimo Wind Energy LLC, the owner of the neighboring Black Oak Wind Farm, to facilitate financing of the wind farm. The primary reason Getty chose Geronimo Wind Energy, LLC was the synergies created with their Black Oak wind farm and their focus on developing wind farms that are farmer friendly, community driven, and good for the environment. In fall of 2011, Getty submitted its site permit application to the State of Minnesota to construct the wind farm. Completion of the site permit will allow Getty to start construction of the wind farm in the first half of 2012.
Getty’s wind farm will be located on willing landowners property, approximately 6 miles south and southwest of the city of Sauk Centre, Minnesota. The wind farm may consist of up to 26 turbines and by using Stearns County’s excellent wind resource will produce up to 39 megawatts of clean, renewable electricity. Depending on landowner participation, the wind farm’s turbines may be placed within sections 29, 30, 32, 33 of Sauk Centre Township and sections 4-9, 16-21 of Getty Townships. The wind farm will utilize the existing power transmission system to provide enough clean, renewable electricity to power approximately 20% of the households in Stearns County (2010 census data).