U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Tribal Energy Program

Utility-Scale Wind at the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe installed a 750-kilowatt wind turbine on its reservation on February 27, 2003, completing a project that began with wind resource monitoring in 1995. With half of the project funded by a DOE Cooperative Grant, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe financed the remainder of the project by obtaining the first-ever loan for a tribal wind energy project from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utility Service. The project will supply power to the reservation and will also sell power to the Basin Electric Power Cooperative. "Green tags" from the project are also being sold through NativeEnergy, LLC.

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