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Wind is a clean source of renewable energy. Most wind energy comes from turbines. Wind farms have tens to hundreds of large turbines lined up in windy areas and ridges. Smaller turbines erected on private property can produce enough electricity for a single home.

2017 Wind Generation Highlights in Idaho

  • There are 35 operating wind projects in Idaho as of 2017. These developments combine to an installed operating capacity of 973 MW of wind energy generation capacity.[1]
  • State rank for share of electricity produced solely by wind generation in 2017: 9th[2]
  • Equivalent number of homes powered by wind in 2017: 228,000[3]
  • Idaho’s wind production grew from 207,472 megawatt-hours (MWh) at the end of 2008 to over 2,545,000 MWh of wind energy in just one decade.[4]
  • Number of wind turbines operating in Idaho today: 541.[5]

Low interest energy loans are available for qualifying projects.

The State of Idaho encourages the development of wind power on state endowment lands.

Idaho has over 2 million acres of endowment land. The Idaho Department of Lands manages this land with the express purpose of creating income for the Idaho State Endowment Fund, which funds schools and other state institutions.

In the 2008 session, the Idaho Legislature passed HCR 054. Its purpose is:

…to direct and encourage the Governor, the Office of Energy, and the Land board to work toward the development of energy production of renewable resources on state endowment lands for the purpose of maximizing the potential returns for education.

More information can be obtained by visiting the Idaho Department of Lands home page.

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