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9 Vikings-49ers Storylines To Follow

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 19, 2012 – 5:52 am

For team’s that suffered through a defeat on Sunday, the following Wednesday can’t come soon enough. Wednesday is the day NFL teams officially flip their calendars from one week to the next and begin on-field preparations for the upcoming opponent.

The Vikings upcoming opponent is the 2-0 San Francisco 49ers, the defending champions of the NFC West who were just moments away from a berth in last year’s Super Bowl before losing to the NY Giants at home in the NFC Championship Game. San Francisco is a team with impressive wins at Green Bay in Week 1 and then at home against the Detroit Lions in Week 2.

Here are a few storylines we’ll be chasing this week as the Vikings prepare to battle the 49ers at Mall of America Field on Sunday…

1. 49ers Defense Poses Nasty Challenge
In their two early-season wins, this 49ers defense held Green Bay – last year’s highest-scoring offense at 35.0 points per game – to just 7 points through three quarters of play, and they held Lions QB Matthew Stafford – a 5,000-yard passer a season ago – to just 230 passing yards and one touchdown. Justin Smith and Aldon Smith team to form a stout presence against the run and effective pass rushing from the edge of the 3-4 alignment, inside linebackers NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis roam the middle of the defense, and both CB Carlos Rogers and S Dashon Goldson hold down a secondary with sound coverage ability and a physical presence against the run.

The Vikings have weapons to go at this defense. Percy Harvin – more on him in a bit – is good enough to produce against any defense, Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart won’t be afraid to challenge the run defense, and it will be fun to watch TE Kyle Rudolph battle these talented and fierce LBs. This is a very good 49ers defense, no doubt, but the Vikings won’t back down just because many think they’re outmatched.

2. How Will The 49ers Defend Percy Harvin?
This just in: Percy Harvin is really good. He has been the heart and soul of the Vikings offense, and he will surely be a focal point for the 49ers this week in their preparations. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be neutralized. Coming off his performance in Week 1 – 192 combined yards on 14 total touches – Harvin was certainly priority #1 for the Colts last week. It didn’t matter. Harvin had a career-high 12 receptions last Sunday, and he’s now hauled in 18 of the 21 passes Christian Ponder has sent his way. There’s no question the 49ers will focus on Harvin this week and on Sunday. The question is, how will they try to take him out of the game? And more importantly for the Vikings, how will Harvin be utilized against this talented defense?

3. How Will The Vikings Defend Vernon Davis?
The Vikings have surrendered TDs to TEs in each of the first two games, with Mercedes Lewis finding paydirt in Week 1 and Dwayne Allen striking early last week. If the Vikings don’t fix that issue by Sunday, Vernon Davis could wreck the game. In two games this season, Davis has 8 receptions for 116 yards and 3 TDs. He has the body and strength of a TE, but he runs and catches like a WR. It’s entirely possible that Davis is the top priority – in conjunction with stopping the run (always a top priority in the NFL) – for the Vikings defense heading into this game.

4. Willis Is San Francisco’s Man in the Middle
The 49ers defense features plenty of talented players, one of which is arguably the best inside LB in the NFL – Patrick Willis. On multiple occasions, I’ve heard Vikings RB Adrian Peterson explain that Willis is one of the fiercest hitters in the League and one of the players Peterson respects the most. The Vikings found Peterson – the cornerstone of their offense – with the 7th pick of the 2007 draft, and the 49ers found Willis – the cornerstone of their defense – with the 11th pick in the same draft. On Sunday they’ll square off once again, the third time the Vikings and 49ers have met since each player’s rookie season (the Vikings are 2-0 in those games).

5. Are There Any Parallels Between Alex Smith And Christian Ponder?
San Francisco QB Alex Smith was much maligned early in his career, as the former No. 1 overall pick labored through his first six NFL seasons. Smith endured a seemingly countless number of coaching and coordinator changes, and it took him five seasons to complete 60% of his passes or register a passer rating over the pedestrian rate of 75.0. But the 49ers patience and belief in Smith has paid off. Smith has blossomed into a calculated-but-cunning passer. Last season while guiding San Francisco to a 13-3 record, Smith completed 61.3% of his passes and boasted a clean 17-5 TD-INT ratio. His rock-solid play has shifted the perception others have of him from a passer who just manages the game to a passer who helps the 49ers win games.

Ponder, also a 1st-round pick, is only 13 games into his career – not even a full season of playing experience yet – so it’s premature to compare his path to the one Smith took. Ponder is completing a League-high 75.8% of his passes and has a passer rating of 110.6, so it’s unlikely it will take him six seasons to reach the 60% completion rate and 75.0+ passer rating milestones mentioned above. And we certainly hope Ponder enjoys the synergy of a coaching staff with little change. The point here is a more general one – have patience and confidence in your young 1st-round passer. Allowing him to develop will pay dividends if you can build a solid team around him. I think the Vikings are on the right track with Ponder.

6. Vikings Must Be Buttoned Up In Kick Coverage
The 49ers put up an incredible statistic in 2011 – they had 37 offensive drives that started at midfield or in plus territory. Thirty-seven. A big reason for that are San Francisco’s tremendous return teams. The 49ers ranked 1st in kickoff return average at 27.2, with Ted Ginn handling the bulk of those (29 returns for 800 yards – a 27.6-yard average), and they ranked 4th in average drive start (23.9-yardline). Also, the 49ers ranked 5th in punt return average (12.4 yards), with Ginn handling most of those as well. Ginn remains the 49ers return man, so the Vikings kick coverage groups have their work cut out for them. Here’s the good news: the Vikings rank 4th in opponents average drive start after a kickoff (19.4-yardline), and they rank 6th in opponents punt return average (6.2). This will be a good battle to watch all game.

7. Vikings Defensive Line To Face Solid 49ers Offensive Line
Speaking of a good battle to watch all day, don’t forget to check out Vikings DE Jared Allen going against San Francisco LT Joe Staley. Both are Pro Bowlers – Allen has 4 and Staley made his 1st appearance last year – and both are nasty. Allen will be angry, as he’s still looking for his first sack of the season. Staley will be determined to keep it that way and let the Detroit Lions worry about giving up Allen’s first sack of 2012. Aside from Allen vs. Staley, though, there is a good matchup in the trenches. Playing next to Staley at LG is Mike Iupati, a 2010 1st-round pick out of Idaho, playing at center is Jonathan Goodwin (151 career games, 78 starts) and anchoring the right side at tackle is another former 1st-rounder, Anthony Davis.

8. Using The Dome-Field Advantage
Historically the Vikings have been tough to beat at home. They are 158-88 (.642) all-time at Mall of America Field, and when the Vikings give their fans something to cheer about, that building gets loud. The noise can make it difficult for opposing teams to operate. It’s common for coaches or players who join the Vikings from other teams to tell the rest of us how hard it is to play at Mall of America Field when the place is rocking. Last year, though, the Vikings didn’t play well at home – they were 1-7 at Mall of America Field – and that decreased their advantage in the building. If the Vikings are to pull an upset this week, they’ll need to play well early to encourage the crowd to be loud and make it tougher on Alex Smith and Co.

9. Randy Moss Returns To Minnesota
49ers receiver Randy Moss spent plenty of time on the Vikings sideline at Mall of America Field, playing for the Purple from 1998-2004 and again in 2010. On Sunday, though, Moss will appear in the stadium as a member of the visiting 49ers. It will be interesting to observe the home crowd’s reaction to Moss, from the time Moss appears on the field for pre-game warm-ups to the time the 49ers leave the field following the game. What will Moss do if he scores? What will he do if he doesn’t? You just never know with Moss.

One thing you do know, though, is that Moss will go down as one of the greats in Vikings history. He was always a fan favorite – and remains the favorite of some fans to this day – and he ranks second in Vikings history behind Cris Carter with 587 receptions, 9,316 receiving yards and 92 touchdowns.


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Frazier, Vikings Striving For Improvement In 2-Minute Defense

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 18, 2012 – 6:32 am

Leslie Frazier met with reporters on Monday for his customary day-after-the-game press conference, and he didn’t shy away from the reality that his team just didn’t do enough to get a win against the Colts on Sunday. It was a frustrating loss for the Vikings because this was a game many expected the Vikings to win despite being on the road and it was a game that featured a spirited comeback by the Vikings after they fell behind early.

“We just didn’t play well enough on the road and clean enough as a team to get a road win,” Frazier explained. “We have to go back and go through the tape with our players and talk through some of those situations and try to get better. We have to get better for our next ball game.”

Frazier went on to explain one of those specific situations where he knows his team must improve – two-minute situations. Offensively, the Vikings are actually tied for the third-most points in the final two minutes of the 2nd and 4th quarters (17). But defensively, the Vikings haven’t fared as well.

The Vikings are tied for second-last in the NFL with 21 points allowed in the final 2 minutes of the 2nd and 4th quarters. In Week 1, the Jaguars scored a TD late in the 4th quarter to take a lead. In Week 2, the Colts scored a TD at the end of the 1st half to increase their lead to 17-6 and then they drove 45 yards in 23 seconds to kick a game-winning FG.

“We’d like to be better in two-minute,” Frazier said of his defense. “We’re not doing very well right now in two minutes, at two minutes before the half, at two minutes at the end of the game. That’s glaring so we have to do better.”

Frazier also made a good point regarding the specific importance of his team’s performance in two-minute situations, saying he expects his young team to be in a lot of close games. Doing the little things right and executing the game plan in those situations, even at the end of the 1st half, can be the difference between a close win – like the win against Jacksonville – and an excruciating loss – like the loss in Indianapolis.

“The way our team is built, we’re going to play a lot of close games,” Frazier explained. “We’ve talked about that all along with our guys and we have to play good two minute offense, good two minute defense, good red zone defense, good red zone offense. Two minutes, yeah, we have to do better in that area.”


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Vikings Looking To Turn Early-Game Production Into TDs Rather Than FGs

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 18, 2012 – 5:53 am

The perception of the Vikings offense through the first two games of the season is that the group is slow-to-go early in the game before they find rhythm in the middle of the game to start producing late in the game. And if you look at the Vikings points scored by quarter (3-10-7-23), the numbers support that perception.

But while the scoreboard does not reflect it, the Vikings offense this past Sunday in Indianapolis took a step forward in early-game production and was actually just as efficient early in the game as late in the game. In their first two drives of the game, the Vikings ran 21 plays and gained 105 yards, an average of 5.0 yards per play. In their last two scoring drives, the Vikings ran 19 plays and gained 96 yards, an average of 5.0 yards per play.

The problem? Both of the early drives ended in FGs rather than TDs.

And that’s a significant problem. It’s a problem Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier was asked about on Monday during his customary day-after-the-game press conference.

“It’s something we’re going to talk about,” Frazier said. “You like the fact that we’re finding our groove as the game goes on, but we’d like to get started earlier. We talked about that during the week. On the road, you really don’t want to get the home crowd involved, especially when it’s their home-opener and we’re moving the ball on offense in the first half but we weren’t finishing with touchdowns. Those field goals, if they were touchdowns, maybe the game is a little bit different early on, but it is something we have to go back and keep looking at this week.”

The hurry-up offense is one facet working well for the Vikings. Is that something the team will look at employing with more regularity?

“We’ll look at it,” Frazier said. “We do have some no-huddle in our offense, but we’ll take a look at what we’re doing and how we’re doing it and what’s going to give us the best chance to succeed this next weekend. We’re going to explore all avenues. We want to get off to a faster start for sure.”

The Vikings will prepare this week to face the San Francisco 49ers, a team that is 2-0 after impressive wins at Green Bay in Week 1 and at home against Detroit in Week 2. The Vikings have not played their best football through the first two weeks, but because of the caliber of opponent they were able to hang around and have a chance to win each game, taking advantage of that chance in a Week 1 overtime victory and falling short in a tight Week 2 loss at Indianapolis. If the Vikings are to hang around and have a chance to win against the 49ers, the offense will have to score TDs rather than FGs early and often.

“We’re going to be playing at home,” Frazier said. “We want to get off to a fast start on offense and defense along with special teams and have our fans in the game early.”


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Colts Survive Vikings 4th Quarter Rally

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 16, 2012 – 6:25 pm

As thrilling as last week’s season-opening overtime win was against the Jacksonville Jaguars, this week’s squeaker on the road against the Indianapolis Colts was similarly heart-breaking. Adam Vinatieri, the most clutch kicker in NFL history, split the uprights on a 53-yard FG try with just 8 seconds to play, ending the Vikings late-game rally and sending them home with their first loss of the season.

The Vikings offense started slowly for a second consecutive week, heading to the locker room at halftime with just 49 yards passing and 6 points. The Colts offense wasn’t slow to start, as rookie QB Andrew Luck went 11 of 17 for 142 yards with 2 TDs and no TDs in the first half to stake his club to a 17-6 lead at intermission.

The teams combined to go just 1 of 7 on 3rd downs in the 3rd quarter, and the only score was as 45-yard FG by Vinatieri to stretch the Colts lead to 20-6.

As they did in last week’s win over the Jaguars, the Vikings offense rallied late in the game. Christian Ponder led the Vikings on a pair of 4th-quarter scoring drives, capping the first with a 7-yard TD toss to WR Stephen Burton and the second with 6-yard strike TE Kyle Rudolph. The Rudolph TD and subsequent Blair Walsh PAT tied the score at 20 with just 31 seconds to play.

Unfortunately, those 31 seconds were enough for Luck to drive through the Vikings defense and set the stage for Vinatieri’s 24th game-winning FG, which he striped down the middle effortlessly.

The loss moves the Vikings to 1-1 on the season as they prepare to welcome the San Francisco 49ers next week at Mall of America Field. We’ll have more summary and reaction to Sunday’s game tomorrow, so stay tuned to vikings.com for coverage.


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Mr. Hippe’s Weather Report

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 16, 2012 – 10:55 am

It wouldn’t be a Vikings (outdoor) road game without Mr. Hippe’s Weather Report. We have good news: Mr. Hippe is returning for another season of weather observations.

Mr. Hippe (aka Luther Hippe, the Vikings Director of Operations-Team Travel) has provided us with his first weather report of the season. He’s calling for sunny skies and a game-time temperature of 78 degrees here at Lucas Oil Stadium, where the retractable roof and the huge sliding wall are open.

Perfect football weather and another perfect weather report from Mr. Hippe.


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Jefferson, Sendejo Set To Make 2012 Debuts Today vs. Colts

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on September 16, 2012 – 9:29 am

The Vikings secondary will receive a boost today as a pair of players who weren’t ready to go a week ago will be up and active for today’s game.  CB A.J. Jefferson, who was acquired from the Cardinals before the regular season began, was inactive a week ago but according to Head Coach Leslie Frazier is up to speed with the team’s system and will play today.  Also, S Andrew Sendejo, who suffered an ankle injury in the preseason, will make his 2012 debut as well.

Vikings inactives: QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, WR Jarius Wright, CB Brandon Burton, S Robert Blanton, LB Marvin Mitchell, LB Audie Cole, and OL Mark Asper.

Colts inactives: QB C. Harnish, RB D. Carter, WR A. Collie, OT W. Justice, OG J. Reitz, OLB D. Freeney, and ILB P. Angerer.


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Vikings Arrive At Lucas Oil Field For Showdown With Colts

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 16, 2012 – 9:10 am

It’s game day and kickoff is fast approaching at Lucas Oil Field. The Vikings have arrived at the stadium and members of both the Vikings and Colts have begun trickling on the field to stretch and begin their warm-up routine.

Today is the Colts home opener, so the energy in this building should yield an exciting atmosphere as the Colts look to rebound from a tough start last week in a 20-point loss at Soldier Field to the Chicago Bears. The Vikings, meanwhile, are riding the wave of a Week 1 win – in their home opener – against the Jacksonville Jaguars, another AFC South opponent. In a quirky scheduling situation, the Vikings opened the season against a pair of AFC opponents for the first time since 1988, when they started at Buffalo and at New England en route to an 11-5 season.

For more fun Vikings-Colts notes to keep you entertained before kickoff, click here.

Kickoff for today’s game is at 12:00 p.m. CT, so we’ll have the Vikings inactives for you at 10:30 and we’ll keep you apprised of all other developments right here on the vikings.com Blog and also on Twitter – follow the Vikings (@VikingsFootball) and me (@wobby) for the latest developments.


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MSFA, Vikings Continue Evaluating Architectural Firms

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 14, 2012 – 12:15 pm

Together with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), the Vikings continue to evaluate the five architectural and engineering firms that submitted bids to design the new multi-purpose stadium in Downtown East Minneapolis.

Last week representatives from each of the firms made their pitch to members of the Vikings, including team owners Zygi, Mark and Leonard Wilf, and the MSFA. The public then had an opportunity to hear directly from the firms and see their previous stadium projects in an open house at Mall of America Field last Thursday, September 6. Now it is up to the Vikings and the Authority to jointly select the firm that will best design this State asset.

“We are very impressed with the knowledge, the expertise and the creativity of the five firms that presented their proposals last week,” said Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development Lester Bagley. “Each of the firms is highly qualified and remains in contention for this project. We are completing our due diligence on all five candidates to ensure we select the right team to design this stadium.”

Included in the analysis is a look at each firm’s most relevant experience and qualifications, particularly with respect to multi-purpose venues, NFL requirements, sustainable design, cutting edge technology, and inclusion of women and minority-owned businesses. The final decision will take all of the evaluations into consideration and will involve significant discussions between the Authority and the Vikings. While the selection of an architect will open the door to concepts and a vision for the new stadium, for now the focus remains solely on making the right decision.

“The Authority and the Vikings are spending the necessary time to review and select the best architectural team for the stadium and are anxious to move forward to keep the project on time and on budget,” said MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen. “We only have one chance to do this, and we want to ensure we select the right team to build this stadium that meets the needs of the community, the Vikings and all users of the facility.”

The final selection is expected by the MSFA’s next meeting on Friday, October 5.

 

Vikings Submit Bid to Host Future Super Bowl
Recently the Vikings submitted a bid to the National Football League to host the 2018, 2019 or 2020 Super Bowl at the new stadium. The issue will not be voted on by NFL owners until the spring of 2014, but the Vikings will immediately begin working with the City of Minneapolis, the business community and Meet Minneapolis, the city’s convention and visitors association, to aggressively pursue bringing this major event to our market.


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From The Ground Up: Vikings Offense Paced By Ground Attack

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 14, 2012 – 6:42 am

It’s no secret. The NFL is a passing league. In 2011, only 3 teams (Denver, Houston, San Francisco) ran the ball more frequently than they passed it, and nearly 33% of NFL teams threw the ball in excess of 60% of the time. Also in 2011, 3 NFL QBs (Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford) threw for 5,000+ yards and 3 had (Brees, Stafford, Aaron Rodgers) 40+ TD passes.

While it’s no question the preferred method of moving the ball in the NFL is through the air, there are still teams and coaches who place a tremendous value on running the ball. The Vikings and Head Coach Leslie Frazier fall into that category. And it’s for good reason. Since 2007 when the Vikings drafted Adrian Peterson and hired Frazier as defensive coordinator, the Vikings have been the NFL’s best rushing team. They rank first over that span in total rushing yards (11,272), per-carry average (4.7), rushing TDs (92) and runs of 10+ yards (333).

“It’s big for our team,” Frazier said of the running game. “In a League where passing the football has become first for so many teams, we’ve taken a little bit different approach and featuring a guy who we think is the best running back in pro football in Adrian Peterson and because of that, it takes a lot of pressure off our young quarterback as well as our passing game.”

The Vikings understand the importance of being able to move the ball through the air, too. That’s why they signed free agents such as TE John Carlson and Jerome Simpson, and that’s why they used draft picks on the likes of LT Matt Kalil and a pair of WRs in the 4th round (Jarius Wright, Greg Childs). The development of young QB Christian Ponder was priority A for the Vikings this past offseason, and everyone at Winter Park knows Ponder’s progress will be key to future success. Frazier’s contention, though, is that the presence of a productive running game will ease the pressure on Ponder because opponents are forced to figure out a way to contain Peterson and Gerhart before they think about defending the Vikings passing attack.

“Having a guy like the guy that we do have makes us very unique from an offensive standpoint,” Frazier explained, “but it helps us to achieve our goals as a football team, having a good running game and establishing the run for us to run our offense and really win the way we want to win.”

As he’s explained, Frazier wants the Vikings running game to set the tone and allow Ponder and Co. to operate with more freedom. Additionally, being able to run the ball well can shorten a game for a team when it has the lead. But Frazier also explained that his desire to run the ball well is not about being a conservative team that looks to shorten the game and win close contests. Frazier sees the Vikings running game as one with explosion and scoring capability.

“For us, that’s exactly the approach we take but we also believe that we can also get explosive plays through the running game because of who we have at the halfback position,” Frazier said. “It’s not just ground and pound. We have a guy who can break the 20-yard run, the 60-yard run. Most people have to get that throwing the football down the field, and we want to be able to do the same. That’s one of the reasons we made the offseason acquisition of Jerome (Simpson) and try to feature Percy the way we do. But being able to have a balanced attack and still feature our run game is who we are.”

Side Note
Peterson and Gerhart get most of the credit for the Vikings productive running attack. On Sunday in the season opener, though, another member of the backfield was key to the Vikings ground game – FB Jerome Felton. Both Frazier and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave mentioned how well Felton played in his first regular season game as a Viking.

Said Frazier: “He played extremely well and that was a lot of snaps for him. There wasn’t one time a season ago we had that many snaps with our fullback on the field and a lot of it had to do with the way he played and what’s happening when he is on the field. It was really encouraging for all of us to see him dominate the way he did. There may be more opportunities for him as we go forward.”

Said Musgrave: “Jerome Felton played really well. He was a presence out there. He was also a presence on the sideline in terms of being the leader. He suggested a couple of amendments to our game plan during the game and we took them to heart and they really paved the way for good runs there in the second half.”


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Juhl Wind, Inc. To Power 2012 Home Games With 100% Renewable Energy

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 14, 2012 – 5:10 am

Pipestone, MN – September 7, 2012 — Juhl Wind, Inc. (OTCBB: JUHL), the Leader in Community Wind Power is pleased to announce on Friday that they are partnering with the Vikings to provide renewable energy credits (“RECs”), generated by one of their operating wind energy facilities, to offset the electricity used at Mall of America Field for all Vikings home games during the 2012 season.

Starting with the Vikings first home game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, Juhl Wind will provide a total of 520,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy over the course of the team’s eight regular season home games, which is equal to approximately 507,520 pounds of CO2 emissions.

“The renewable energy produced will offset all of the electricity used throughout Mall of America Field— from the concession stands and ticket offices, to the field lighting and scoreboards, making the Vikings one of the only NFL teams to play in a 100% green-powered facility during the entire 2012-2013 season,” stated Corey Juhl, Vice President of Juhl Wind Inc.

Steve LaCroix, Vikings VP of Sales and Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer commented, “We are very pleased to partner with Juhl Wind on this renewable energy initiative for the stadium. The Minnesota Vikings are committed to becoming more environmentally friendly and utilizing renewable energy resources whenever possible. We certainly encourage other households and businesses in Minnesota to participate alongside us”.

Renewable Energy Credits
Renewable energy facilities generate renewable energy credits (RECs) when they produce electricity. Purchasing these credits is the widely accepted way to reduce the environmental footprint of electricity consumption and help fund renewable energy development. Purchasing RECs at the same quantity as electricity consumption guarantees that the energy being used is added to the power grid from a renewable energy facility and supports the further development of these facilities.

About Juhl Wind, Inc.
Juhl Wind is an established leader in the renewable energy industry with a focus on Community Based Wind Power development, ownership and management throughout the United States and Canada. Juhl Wind pioneered Community-Based wind farms, developing the currently accepted financial, operational and legal structure providing local ownership of medium-to-large scale wind farms. To date, the Company has completed 21 wind farm projects and provides operations management and oversight across the portfolio. Juhl Wind services every aspect of wind farm development from full development and ownership, general consultation, construction management and system operations and maintenance. With its consolidation of the Valley View, Winona County and Woodstock Hills wind farms, the Company has now invested in and operates 21.7 MWs of wind power through its independent power producer (“IPP”) subsidiary, Juhl Renewable Assets, Inc. Through its subsidiary, Juhl Renewable Energy Systems, Inc. (“JRES”), the Company also provides full sales and service to smaller, on-site wind and solar projects in addition to our larger Community Wind Farms. Now, with its acquisition of Power Engineers Collaborative, Juhl provides a full range of engineering services to the energy industry, building systems markets and heavy industry. Juhl Wind is based in Pipestone, Minnesota and has offices in Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison and Milwaukee. Juhl is traded on the OTCBB under the symbol JUHL. Additional information is available at the Company’s website at http://www.juhlwind.com or by calling 877-584-5946 (or 877-JUHLWIN).


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