History

 

The Windustrious Cleveland project was created by Sarah Taylor in 2006, to promote the establishment of the world's first fresh-water wind farm - on Lake Erie, off-shore from Cleveland, Ohio.The planned installation of turbines in water that can freeze in the winter provides an extra engineering challenge, and necessitates the design and manufacturing of brand-new technologies.

Dennis Yurich created the exciting, funnily serious animation illustrating the city’s transition from an industrial past to a windustrious future, http://www.windustrious.org .

Cool Cleveland helped to spread the word in its edition of Nov 8, 2006.

Jeff Moyer, composer and performer, wrote, sang and recorded “Wind on the Water”, to help spur public support and enthusiasm for this offshore wind project.

Sarah Taylor approached Ronn Richard, the President of the Cleveland Foundation, with the idea, and he, together with Bill Mason, then Prosecutor of Cuyahoga County, formed the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force (GLEDTF).A series of studies on the potential for wind development, offshore from Cleveland, were funded and performed.

On February 8 2007, the Task Force issued a report recommending the establishment of a Lake Erie Wind Energy Center in Cleveland. The full report is accessible here .

Jeff Moyer, in 2007, performing “Wind on the Water” at Cleveland’s Ingenuity Fest:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvNMrNa5MJ0#!

On August 24 2007, it was announced that a yearlong study, led by juwi international, would be undertaken to analyze the feasibility of establishing the Lake Erie Wind Energy Center, which would include the construction of a Wind Farm, a few miles off-shore from Cleveland. Juwi's team included DLZ Ohio Inc., and Germanischer Lloyd Wind Energy.

Message from Paul Gipe received November 22, 2007.

The February 6, 2008 edition of Cool Cleveland reported that the efforts in Cuyahoga County had prompted a renewal of interest by the Canadians in developing their own offshore potential, along the north coasts of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

A supportive message arrived from James Hansen on July 2, 2008.

Supportive statements from Lube Stop and Fulcrum Consulting Works, September 22, 2008.

Fairmount Minerals Ltd. added their voice, September 3, 2008.

Strong support announced by Jeff Baldassari, President, The Taylor Companies, July 14, 2009.

Message received from Van Jones, February 22, 2009.

 

Sarah Taylor thanks all the Windustrious Champions - individuals, organizations, and businesses - who have added, and are adding, their names to the founding and continued promotion of this effort, June 3, 2009.

 

LEEDCo was launched by the Great Lakes Energy Task Force in late 2009, to promote regionally consistent development of offshore wind energy markets along the Northern Ohio coastline.

FULL AHEAD - from the Call & Post
Click here to read a comparison of the engineering ingenuity needed today with that of 150 years ago.

CARDINAL FASTENER & SPECIALTY CO. expresses support. Cardinal Fastener is an innovative Cleveland manufacturing company, and has taken leadership in supplying the rapidly growing wind turbine component supply chain. Their increasing production is accompanied by those new green jobs.  http://www.cardinalfastener.com/

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SWEDES!
The world's first freshwater wind farm is installed on Lake Vanern. It was inaugurated on May 24, 2010.

A GREEN ECONOMY FOR ALL - from the CALL & POST
Van Jones, co-founder of "Green for All", praises the Windustrious project as part of the effort to stimulate the creation of thousands of green jobs, nationwide.

THE GREAT LAKES WIND COLLABORATIVE was formed to focus on moving beyond regional borders, encouraging cooperation and shared responsibility between the states and provinces that border the Great Lakes, in developing offshore wind power.
This is a summary of their 2010 meeting, held 9/19 - 9/21 in Cleveland.

CITIZEN PARTNERSHIPS FOR OFFSHORE WIND was established in 2011 to help connect those communities and organizations along the East Coast, and around the Great Lakes, who are working to promote the development of offshore wind installations. Windustrious Cleveland was one of the Founding Members of CPOW.

LEEDCo announced in 2012 that Siemens would be targeted, rather than GE, for the procurement of its wind turbines for the Lake Erie installation offshore from Cleveland.  Read more

World's First Freshwater Wind Farm  
November 26, 2012, Tore Wizelius and Ake Frykberg, of ReWind Offshore, came to Cleveland to share their experience of installing the world's first freshwater wind farm!

LEEDCo has announced that its Icebreaker offshore wind project will incorporate a new foundation design, June 2, 2015.

Ohio News: The ground continues to swell, for Offshore Wind Power on the Great Lakes.  March 11, 2016