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Juhl Wind brings community ownership concept to New York

Minnesota-based wind power company Juhl Wind, Inc. will be developing the 15- to 30-megawatt Black Oak wind farm near Ithaca, New York, with commissioning date sometime in 2013.

Juhl Wind's vice president for project development Corey Juhl said the Black Oak Wind Farm brings to the area its first utility-scale "Community Wind" project. On its Web site, the company explains that landowners in rural areas normally can only lease their land to large wind developers to profit from wind energy. Juhl Wind's Community Wind setup makes it possible for local communities to not only lease their land but to take ownership in the projects.

Juhl Wind will work with South Dakota project management company Val-Add Service Corp. "It is exciting to bring to New York a business structure that has worked so successfully for a similar community-owned wind project in South Dakota," said Val-Add president Brian Minish.

To date, Juhl Wind is operating and has invested in 21.7 MW of wind power through its independent power producer subsidiary Juhl Renewable Asset Inc. It has completed 21 community wind farm projects with a total capacity of 194.55 MW. – Jhoanna Frances S. Valdez

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