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There is a solar boom happening in Minnesota, and with the 100 MW North Star Solar project now complete, it’s booming the most in Chisago County, which estimates that about $350,000 in tax revenue will be created by solar projects in the county. The leasing of the land has...
Chris Meyer
Wed, 02/22/2017 - 10:30am
This is an excerpt from a recent story by Mark Fischenich in the Mankato Free Press. The city of Mankato will reduce its future electrical bills by $1.9 million through subscriptions to solar energy projects in...
Project Stove Swap
Joel Haskard
Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:04am
Project Stove Swap is managed by Minnesota nonprofit Environmental Initiative, in partnership with Minnesota Power. The project offers financial incentives for residents, nonprofits and businesses with older wood...
Zero Energy Schools program
Peter Lindstrom
Mon, 02/20/2017 - 1:39pm
Minnesota and California along with six school districts and several national organizations are implementing partners in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) new Zero Energy Schools Accelerator program, the DOE...
Kruse Motors in Marshall, MN goes solar
Annette Fiedler
Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:48am
This is an excerpt from a recent Marshall Independent story by Deb Gau. Over the past few months, Heather Westman said, there have been plenty of questions from the community about the solar panels going up...

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6:30pm to 8:30pm
Lakeville Friends of the Environment is celebrating their 10th year! Join them for a Meet & Greet at Angry Inch Brewing, including snacks, friends, and beer! A special donation to help Solar Electric Light Fund...
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Join city staff to learn about topics related to the best practices of the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Program. These technical workshops will be held the first Wednesday from 9:00am to 11:00am every month (September...
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Through the stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China, the film “Catching the Sun” captures the global race to lead the clean energy future. Over the course of a solar jobs training program,...
in Minneapolis
Join experts in the clean energy sector for a panel discussion and briefing on the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook released by the Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy....

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Switch to Efficient Light Bulbs

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Saving Watts & Drops Fundraisers

Dairy Energy Efficiency Program
Groups can conduct fundraisers with energy and water saving products in collaboration with their utilities. Learn more >>

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