The six-county Northwest Iowa Region is one of the most wind-rich areas in the United States. Most of the area falls into the Class 4 category for wind speed that is suitable for wind power generation with large wind turbines.
More than 500 wind turbines are currently in operation or proposed in the Northwest Iowa region. The wind generation project in Osceola County will generate enough electricity to power 45,000 homes.
Iowa, a Leader in Wind Energy
Iowa leads the nation in wind power generation as a percentage of total power output at 36.6% (2016). There's a robust supply chain in the region including manufacturing of all major wind components.
Education and Training
Three community colleges in the region and two four-year colleges offer Wind Energy and Turbine Technician training.
- Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC)
- Western Iowa Technical Community College (WIT)
- Dordt College
- Northwestern College
- Iowa Lakes Community College