The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation provides grants for the installation of small wind turbines (≤100kW) that generate power for local use. The technology to capture wind energy is well established and can be a reliable and economic way to generate electricity. Illinois' wind resources vary by geography but are generally good. A thorough site-specific evaluation to determine the available wind and assess factors affecting the turbine project is always required.
With the growth of wind development throughout the State, the Foundation is also funding an increasing number of small-scale educational turbine installations at schools and providing grants to purchase hardware so that colleges and universities can offer hands-on technical training and certification in wind technology (see Advancing Renewable Energy).