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Rosebud Sioux Tribe finishes first wind turbine

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota installed the first wind turbine in Indian Country.

Tribal officials decided to tap into the natural resource after learning that wind on the reservation could theoretically provide power to one-twelfth of the U.S. They also wanted a cheaper and cleaner alternative to the coal utility they currently depend on.

At a cost of $1.2 million, financed through government and private sources, the tribe completed construction on the 750-kilowatt, 190-foot-tall wind turbine. The turbine has enough power for 220 homes. A 30-megawatt wind farm with 18 wind turbines is in the works.

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Turning Point (Fortune Magazine February 2005)

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