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Wind Energy Development on School Trust Lands

With Montana being ranked in the top five in the nation by the American Wind Energy Association for wind-energy potential, the DNRC feels that there is significant potential for wind energy projects to be located on school trust lands

Montana's first wind farm has been fully operational since early 2006. The Judith Gap Wind Farm straddles Highway 191 in central Montana between Harlowton and Judith Gap. Located on a combination of state school trust land and private land, this project consists of 90, 1.5 megawatt wind turbines, 13 of which are on school trust lands.

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation seeks to support wind power generation on state school trust lands across our state. People interested in leasing state land for wind power development can contact Brett Holzer at 406-444-1363.

Tower number 96 as viewed from the southwest, one of the 90 wind turbines of the Judith Gap Wind Farm.
One of the 90 wind turbines of the Judith Gap Wind Farm as viewed from the southwest.
[Sept. 1, 2005]

Links:

American Wind Energy Association

Energize Montana

Montana Green Power

Montana Wind Power Maps

Montana Wind Working Group

National Center for Appropriate Technology

National Renewal Energy Laboratory

Tax and Other Incentives

Wind Powering America

Contact

Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation
1625 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2074
Fax: (406) 444-2684