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Greensburg Wind Farm

After being leveled by a tornado, a Kansas town rebuilds as “the greenest town in America” with a combination of energy efficiency measures and the installation of a 12.5 MW wind farm.

Carbon Project Type: Wind Energy
Location: Greensburg, Kansas, U.S.A.
Year: 2009
Volume: 488,200 metric tons
Standard: Consistent with Verified Carbon Standard
Capacity: 12.5 MW

On May 4, 2007, an EF-5 tornado leveled Greensburg, Kansas, destroying 95% of the town and leaving a path of devastation two miles wide. Eleven of the town’s 1,400 residents died in the disaster. In their communal search for meaning in the days that followed this catastrophe, the people of Greensburg individually and collectively agreed to rebuild their town.

They committed to make Greensburg the “greenest town in America.”

In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama said, “Greensburg … is being rebuilt by its residents as a global example of how clean energy can power an entire community–how it can bring jobs and businesses to a place where piles of bricks and rubble once lay. ‘The tragedy was terrible,’ said one of the men who helped them rebuild.  ‘But the folks here know that it also provided an incredible opportunity.’”

NativeEnergy is extremely proud to play a necessary role in helping build the Greensburg Wind Farm. This wind energy project was developed with critical upfront financing from NativeEnergy, whose funding is made possible by the collective, community support of our clients, partners, and individual supporters.

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