We’re pleased to announce the release of an original book on the iBookstore called Community Wind. Created with a collaboration of Wind Resource and The Superior Watershed Partnership, this new interactive book gives background on what a “community” wind project is, how one is built, and ways to engage in your own community. The book also offers interactive charts, graphs, video and high definition photography throughout. Please give it a look, and if you have an iPad, let us know what you think!
Gratiot Wind is currently under construction in central Michigan, and stands to be the largest wind power project in the state. Here is a brief article about the project by Midwest Energy News.
Back in March, we profiled the impending arrival of Michigan’s largest wind farm, in Gratiot County. While the standard narrative is that wind farms are controversial and hotly opposed by residents, Gratiot County was welcoming, even enthusiastic, about the project and the revenue it would bring.
Here’s what Dan Rossman of the local extension office had to say at the time:
“Even in the beginning we did not experience serious opposition. People had the typical questions and when their questions were answered, their fears just evaporated,” he said. “They were very open-minded.”
“No one has called my office to complain,” Rossman said. “There are people who chose not to have a turbine on their farm, but they did it because they didn’t need the financial help or didn’t want to lose acreage or deal with the construction or have their view changed.”
The wind farm is now well on its way to becoming reality. This video, made by Portland, Oregon filmmaker (and Michigan native) Ben VanderVeen, shows some photos of the project and gets some reaction from local officials.
Well, ArtPrize is still ongoing, and we wanted to make sure you got a good look of how our entry came about. Lots of planning, lots of contribution, lots of fun!
Here is an essay by Rich VanderVeen, talking about his ArtPrize entry, and the meaning behind it. Lots of information on the installation of Win, Win Wind! background info on wind energy, and the need to embrace our natural resources!
With young folks in mind, Susan VanderVeen wrote a story that brings wind power into an every-day child’s life. Illustrated by Betsy VanderVeen Rutz, Farming the Wind (© 2009 Susan P. VanderVeen) explores wind power from a child’s perspective. After the typical long search for a publisher, the author-illustrator team is very happy to have landed a contract with Raven Productions in Ely, Minnesota. Raven does a wonderful job of teaching young people how to enjoy and protect the natural world.
Believe it or not, it’s here!
Beginning in the morning, the 3rd Annual ArtPrize kicks off, with a flurry of people beginning to investigate all of the art around town, starting to vote, and having fun!
Win, Win Wind! is all ready for your viewing pleasure, we look forward to seeing new faces all over town.
When you’re face-to-face with the 32 foot high-tech wind blade, the first question you’re stuck with is where did this come from?
Win, Win Wind! is thrilled to have purchased a wind blade from Northern Power, manufactured right here in Michigan. The Northern Power 100 is a community wind turbine for businesses, schools & farms. The blade used in Win, Win Wind! shows the technologically-advanced shape of a direct-drive, permanent magnet wind turbine.
The “Win, Win Wind!” ArtPrize entry is a collaboration of several individuals and groups who want to tell the story of wind power. Why is it so important to transform our economy, our nation’s ability to achieve energy independence, and the lives of bright young people, seeking 21st Century career paths and opportunities? How can this create a Win, Win WIND situation for all of us?
For this project artist Glenn Wolff created sketches drawing on the themes of wind mythology, history, wildlife, and wind turbines themselves. Working side by side with Wolff, City High School art students under the mentorship of teacher Anne Krenselewski interpreted the sketches as they painted the two sides of their canvas: a 600 lb., 32′ wind turbine blade.
Lots of work ongoing for the Win, Win Wind! ArtPrize project! Rich VanderVeen and artist Glenn Wolff among others are collaborating on designing the interactive exhibit, creating sketches, plans and ideas. Here are just a few concept sketches of the upcoming installation!
Stay tuned for more updates on the quickly evolving installation, and thanks for visiting WinWinWind.org!