The idea of harnessing the power of the prairie wind was born with the founding of our church and became a reality 130 years later. Two years of congregational study, meetings, consultation and votes, led to a ground-breaking in November 2010 and the installation of the tower and turbine in March 2011.
Prairie Beacon corporation (of which Nora Church is the sole share-holder) currently leases the land on which the tower stands and operates the turbine, selling electricity to Nora Church and to the public utility through reverse metering. In 2016, grant restrictions requiring the separate corporation will expire, and Prairie Beacon may dissolve, with the ownership and operation of the tower and turbine shifting to the congregation.
The production of green electricity and the example of producing and using green electricity, grow out of Nora Church's commitment to economic, social and environmental justice.