Greenscroll invests the money into Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) which will fund green energy projects, like wind and solar farms. But that’s not all we’re going to do. In time, as we ramp up operations, we will create and develop our own green energy projects. Meanwhile, we need your help. We want you to tell us where your pledges should go. By clicking HERE you can suggest the green projects we should support, and rate the suggestions of others.
For carbon RECs we have partnered with Carbonfund.org who has the same mission to fight climate change and not profit from it. The funds are going to the following projects:
Hancock County Wind Energy Center
The 98-megawatt Hancock County Wind Energy Center supplies Alliant Energy, Corn Belt Power Cooperative, Cedar Falls Utilities and the city of Pella with clean, renewable energy. This wind energy center provides enough electricity to power almost 25,000 homes. In addition to generating such alternative energy, the Hancock County Wind Energy Center also allows the local land to remain under cultivation, provides landowners with additional revenue and does not pollute the air or water. Construction of the total 148 turbines, each about 213 feet tall, was completed in a remarkable 85 days and began commercial operation in December 2002.
Iowa Lakes Wind Energy & Turbine Program - Estherville, Iowa
The Iowa Lakes Community College’s Wind Energy and Turbine Program was started in response to a growing need for skilled technicians to install, maintain and service modern wind turbines. Students work on the project as part of a hands-on curriculum leading to the community college’s two-year Associate in Science degree. The 230-foot tall structure generates approximately 1.65 megawatts of clean energy and is located near the college’s Estherville Campus.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), wind power contributed to more than 30 per cent of the new U.S. electricity generation capacity in 2007, making it the second largest source of new power generation in the nation, second only to natural gas. Furthermore, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) estimates each megawatt of wind provides approximately two job-years of employment and a skilled operations/maintenance position is created for every 10 turbines.