Alternative Energy

In recent years, Estherville has become one of the most prevailing and successful areas for the Alternative Energy industry. New and expanding businesses are providing various forms of alternative energy, from wind turbine technology to alternative fuel. This surge in popularity is making Estherville the new best place for Alternative Energy. 
Tradewind Energy – Red Rock Wind Farm
Tradewind Energy – North Star Wind Farm
Lost Island Wind Farm (west of Spirit Lake)
Anemometry Specialists
Trusted Energy
Windtest USA
Iowa Lakes Community College Wind Technology Program
Some Bio-fuels businesses near Estherville and in the Iowa Lakes Corridor Area Include...

Green Plains Ethanol Plant Superior IA
Poet Ethanol Plant (Emmetsburg)
Poet Cellulosic Plant (Emmetsburg)
Welcome MN Ethanol Plant
Fairmont MN Ethanol Plant
Lakota Ethanol Plant
Bio-diesel Milford
  • Iowa Lakes Community College Wind Energy and Turbine Technology Program

Iowa Lakes Community College Wind Energy and Turbine Technology Program

Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville has both a Wind Energy and Turbine Technology program where students can earn an A.A.S Certificate or a Diploma. The program is a two-year program and extremely hands-on, where students work with actual wind turbines and wind turbine technology and is only one of seven programs in the entire country to receive the American Wind Energy Association Seal of Approval. Students in this program receive high-quality training that ensures they are able to attain jobs in an industry that is becoming highly competitive. 

Contact Daniel Lutat, the Program Coordinator, for more information on the program or visit their homepage here. 


Windtest North America originates from Germany and established its North American headquarters in Estherville in 2014. It specializes in measuring power performance, electrical characteristics, and wind measurements. The company set up a second location for their headquarters in Estherville in 2014. It works closely with Iowa Lakes Community College and their wind energy programs. With 18 years of wind energy experience, windtest is a valuable asset and partner with the Estherville area to help further our alternative energy in wind.

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