Even with cancelled Idaho project, Exergy moves forward in Montana
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- An Idaho wind energy developer, Montana Hutterite farmers and the government are working on silo-shaped wind turbines capable of producing 100 kilowatts of electricity.
Exergy Development Group of Boise and Montana's Cascade Conservation District received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service.
The first turbine, called a "Zilo" by Exergy, is due to be installed at the Big Stone Hutterite Colony near Great Falls by 2014.
Exergy, which has canceled wind projects in Idaho this summer, must match the grant with $1 million in private funding.
This project aims to establish the viability of a visually-acceptable, cost-effective and reliable energy source that helps farmers reduce costs and which displaces fossil fuel use.
Hutterites belong to a communal religious group dating to 16th-century Austria.