Wind Turbines Installed on the Ho Chunk Indian Reservation Courtesy of DLF | David Lynch Foundation





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So now we are going to look at two of our projects that the elders were looking at. One of those was wind energy. Now there have been turbines put on reservations but there's never been any wind farms on reservations. Tom Factor has authored 22 wind farms with 1700 wind turbines currently in operation producing 2700 mega watts of wind energy sufficient to meet the needs of 2 million people.

Tom Factor: Ted Weisman and I have worked together on wind farms and we understand how the commercial side of wind farms are but how that works on an Indian reservation, this is why we are here today to have that listened to with Indian ears. This is really an engine in sustainable living to produce an economic effect to support the tribes. I'll spend just a little time to give an idea of the scope of what's required to do a commercial wind farm on Indian land.

Ted Weisman: You just don't go out there are sort of decide to build a wind farm. You get to compete for the honor to build a wind farm. So when a tribe, a nation of Indians begin to consider the likelihood of these on their land they also have to keep in mind that it has to be economically sensible.

Tom Factor: The development of a wind farm starts with a resource analysis.

Ted Weisman: You have to find all the places where turbines won't go and then you have to not put them there. So that's a lot of study.

Tom Factor: The construction services take a look at that site and they look at the transmission issues there. The electrical engineering, the construction engineering and you have a center that monitors the wind farm 24 hours a day to make sure that the wind turbine is operating properly... On behalf of the David Lynch Foundation, Ted and I have offered our services to the Ho Chunk elders and through them the elders of any nation that would like our help.



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