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06/27/2015
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn.—A discussion and tour of a community solar installation is scheduled from 1 to 3:30 p.m. July 9 here at Lake Region Electric Cooperative hosted by the Clean Energy Resource Teams. Members of the public, local community leaders, utilities, businesses, congregations and school...
06/24/2015
Helping farmers and rural small businesses in Minnesota reduce costs and control energy expenses with energy efficiency and renewable energy is the focus of a new free program. Renewable Energy for Greater Minnesota was launched with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural...
06/23/2015
Sonja Langseth with Radio Works interviews Fritz Ebinger, CERTs Rural Energy Development Program Manger at the University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension, about the new Renewable Energy for Greater Minnesota program that’s helping farmers and...
06/21/2015
A laundry in Ely with a solar thermal hot water system. A truck stop in Worthington with LED canopy lighting. A farm in Royalton with photovoltaic panels that convert light into electricity. They’re among the energy-efficient projects that small, rural businesses in Minnesota have...
06/18/2015
Farmers and rural small businesses are essential to the fabric of Minnesota — its economy, environment and communities. Helping them reduce costs with energy efficiency and take control of their energy expenses with renewable energy is the focus of a new program launched by Renewable Energy for...
06/18/2015
EAGLE LAKE, Minn. — At Daryl and Cindy Guentzel’s place, they have two solar panels that power the farm, which includes their home, grain dryer fans and welding shop where son Mike Guentzel operates Guentzel Trucking. “We don’t pay anything for electricity anymore. We get money back at the end of...
06/18/2015
ROYALTON, Minn. — When Doug Popp, dairyman and farmer near Royalton, Minn., goes to auction, his fellow farmers say if it’s windy or sunny, the Popps are raking in the money. That’s because Doug and Jane Popp installed a 20 kilowatt wind turbine in 2007 and a 10 kW solar system in 2012 on their...
06/18/2015
Pssst! Wanna buy a solar panel? How about a subscription to a solar garden? Solar energy salesmen, energized by a legislative deadline for tax credits, have been knocking on Farmington’s door, hoping to sell them a piece of the sun. Overwhelmed by the complexity of the topic and wanting to get...
06/18/2015
ROYALTON, Minn. — Doug Popp, dairyman, crop farmer and penny pincher near Royalton, Minn., gets many questions from farmers about his solar panels and wind turbine. “The minute you start talking paperwork and hoops, they get scared,” said Popp. (Turn the page to read more about Doug Popp’s...
06/16/2015
A new program has been launched to help farmers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and improve energy efficiency. The Renewable Energy for Greater Minnesota is now up and running, with support from USDA Rural Development. “We’re seeing increased demand for information...

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