Mankato Free Press. The Corn Plus ethanol plant in Winnebago, Minnesota, will install two wind turbines that ultimately will provide about 45% of the electricity the plant requires.
The two wind turbines will produce a combined 4.2 MW of power. Corn Plus earlier installed a fluid-bed reactor to burn biomass to generate steam required to run the plant, reducing its natural gas consumption by more than half.
Dan Moore, a Blue Earth area farmer and director of project development for Renewable Energy Solutions, said he sees no reason that Corn Plus won’t be the first of many Minnesota ethanol plants to add wind energy.
“I really haven’t heard of any others doing it,” Moore said. “And I don’t know why they’re not doing it because it makes so much sense. ... It’s a renewable making a renewable.”
The project is being developed by the Corn Plus Cooperative, Renewable Energy Solutions and John Deere Wind Energy. Deere is using 2.1 MW turbines from Suzlon Energy.