Carleton Wind Turbine

Carlton Windmill
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The Northfield area’s first utility-scale wind turbine began producing power on September 15, 2004. Owned by Carleton College, the 1.65-megawatt turbine is located about one mile east of Northfield, and all power it produces will be sold to Xcel Energy and consumed in the Northfield area.

The turbine will produce enough pollution-free electricity annually (roughly 5,000,000 kilowatt-hours) to power 600 average households. This also represents about 40% of Carleton’s annual electricity consumption, and about 2% of all electricity consumed annually in Northfield and the surrounding rural townships.