Yale's timber interests span long stretches of contiguous ridgelines with the strong, consistent winds necessary for wind farms to be economically feasible. Beginning in 2007, Yale's managers, in conjunction with local wind power development firms, identified several sites with attractive capacity factors. The University's partners initiated development for a handful of sites. One site in particular, Record Hill Wind, is fully operational and was transferred from the Endowment to the University. It is currently maintained by the Yale Office of Facilities.
Investments in wind on Yale lands could provide a meaningful economic return to the Endowment while helping the University achieve its sustainability goals. Yale's wind power projects could play a critical role in helping Yale reach its stated goal of reducing 2020 emissions to 10 percent below 1990 levels, furthering Yale in its quest to become the world's greenest university.