United States • Wind Power 10 x Tonnes CO2e Offset


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10 Tonne Carbon Offset Certificate

A unique partnership that facilitates community-ownership and participation

Sustainable Development Goals supported:



United States

Wind Power  Crow Lake

10 tonnes carbon offsets



Project Details


USA Wind Project

The Crow Lake Wind Project produces enough renewable energy to power as many as 129,000 homes, keeping over 430,000 tonnes of CO2 out of the atmosphere each year. In addition to replacing fossil fuel generated grid electricity, the project provides a training ground for the next generation of renewable energy technicians by providing hands-on experience for students at Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI) in Mitchell, South Dakota. This  provides them with critical experience that bolsters the renewable energy industry.


Spanning 36,000 acres in South Dakota, this wind power project is a product of innovative community collaboration between 3 parties. In total the wind farm comprises 108 turbines: Basin Electric Power Cooperative (BEPC) owns 100; a group of south Dakotans, South Dakotan Wind Partners own 7; and 1 is owned by Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI). The Crow Lake Wind project harnesses the wind to power homes with clean electricity, displacing energy generated from fossil fuels. The total installed capacity of the project is around 162MW, 1 MW serves around 800 homes, so at full capacity, 129,000 homes can be served!


No other wind project in the country has used this ownership structure, which has yielded many benefits to the community surrounding the Crow Lake project. The local residents involved in the project have taken the opportunity to gain ownership of their energy production and ensure that jobs and taxes stay in the local area. Local economic development is further boosted thanks to the distribution of payments across multiple landowners where the project takes place. Furthermore students at MTI now have the opportunity to gain practical experience working with wind turbines, adding another dimension to their studies, helping them to get a job later on. The project displaces fossil-fuel generated energy; meeting growing demands with clean energy and helping drive a low carbon future in the USA.


The project has been validated and the carbon emissions reductions have been verified to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). Future year emissions reductions will also be verified to VCS. The 162 MW Crow Lake Wind Project located east of Chamberlain, South Dakota hosts 108 wind turbines, generating renewable energy and displacing electricity from the grid. 100 of the 1.5 MW turbines are owned by Prairiewinds SD 1, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Basin Electric Power Cooperative, a not-for-profit, wholesale electric generation and transmission cooperative. 7 of the turbines are owned by South Dakota Wind Partners, a South Dakota limited liability company, and the last turbine is owned by Mitchell Technical Institute, a local technical college.

Despite having one of the smallest populations of any state in the USA, South Dakota’s energy-intensive industries and extreme climate mean that per capita it ranks within the top 10 energy-consuming states. Luckily, high winds blow unobstructed across South Dakota’s vast prairie and pastures, which cover nine-tenths of the state, making it one of the best wind resources in the USA.

Project Verification:

Project Type: Wind Energy
Location: South Dakota
Vintage: 2019
Standards: Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)
Capacity: 162 MW

The Crow Lake Wind Farm displaces fossil fuel-generated energy, meeting growing demands with clean energy and helping drive a low carbon future for the mid-west.  American wind power supports more than 120,000 jobs.  At full capacity, the wind farm project’s total installed capacity will be approximately 162 MW.  The Crow Lake Wind Farm yields many benefits to the local community. Residents involved in the project have taken the opportunity to gain ownership of their energy production and ensure that jobs and taxes stay in the area. Local economic development has also received a boost from the distribution of payments across landowners within the vicinity of the project.




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