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“This is the first 100% low-income shared solar array in the state of Minnesota, and the first low-income community solar array integrated into energy assistance (LIHEAP) in the nation!” notes Jason Edens with Rural Renewable Energy Alliance, the solar developer for...
Treasure Island Center
Peter Lindstrom
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:48am
Go Wild, LLC secured $6.74 million in PACE financing as part of its capital stack for the Treasure Island Center redevelopment project in Saint Paul, Minnesota. PACE funds will be used for energy efficiency...
SolSmart
Trevor Drake
Tue, 08/15/2017 - 2:22pm
Almost every time we give a community presentation on solar, somebody asks about how the costs of the technology are changing and whether it’s best to wait to “go solar.” It’s a smart question, and indeed the costs...
The process developed by Ruan and Anderson converts scum to biodiesel that can be directly used in utility vehicles on-site, leading to substantial cost savings
Joel Haskard
Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:33am
An innovative pilot project at the University of Minnesota looks into taking scum from waste water treatment plants and turning it into biodiesel that could be used in on-site vehicles. For University of...
Photo by Baltine, Creative Commons
Frank Jossi
Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:28am
Interested in battery storage? Connexus, Minnesota’s largest retail electric cooperative, is working toward building Minnesota’s largest energy storage project supporting three of their solar projects....

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in Orr
8:00am to 5:30pm
ORR Center Homesteading & Sustainable Lifestyles Expo will feature exhibits and educational workshops including information and skills needed to live a more sustainable lifestyle. FEATURING: -Dozens of local eco...
in Waconia
6:00pm
This spring Sovereign Estate Winery invested in solar panel energy to further support our sustainability in agriculture. Sundance Solar Energy and Sovereign Estate have partnered to host six concerts this season featuring...
in Minneapolis
1:00pm to 5:00pm
This year’s MnTAP Intern Symposium features 17 projects at companies around the state. The interns will highlight the opportunities they have identified for saving water, energy, and waste during their 3-month...
in Saint Paul
9:00am to 9:00pm
When you’re at the Minnesota State Fair, plan to stop by the Eco Experience building on the north end of the fairgrounds to boost your energy IQ at the Minnesota Department of Commerce Home Energy exhibit. CERTs and...
in St. Paul
10:00am
Join Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) for a free education session about solar energy options in Minnesota! This summer, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association is partnering with municipalities and neighborhoods...

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Switch to Efficient Light Bulbs

 
Start finding the right lights
Use this updated guide to find the right lights and learn more about lighting options. Start finding the right lights >>

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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Minnesota Department of Commerce University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission