Creating a wind plant to generate electricity starts in the middle of what some call “nowhere.” For those who live in or have visited South Dakota know, it is a land with “Great Faces and Great Places.” For generations the land has provided the sustenance to live on, whether through farming, ranching, hunting or mining. All along there was the wind. This force has been, to say the least, a daily nuisance; sometimes it has been a foe battled and endured. Where is this? We are referring to northeast South Dakota on the Coteau des Prairies, (“the Coteau”). It is composed of glacial sediments with plenty of rocks, wet lands, potholes and the headwaters of the Sioux River.
The wind, which was once a frustration, is now a great resource to harness. SummitWind, working with landowners near Summit and South Shore, is developing a wind farm. We are creating a portion of the solution to our energy and financial needs. This process is already in motion. Soon, the “land of sunshine and infinite variety” will have a new horizon. Together we are reaching to a greener, cleaner and better future.
Today we are at a junction at the local and national level. The United States needs to expand its base of energy resources. Landowners and business owners need more income. People want skilled jobs. The wind is nearly always blowing in SD. This leads to a wonderful convergence of opportunity.