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11/15/2015
For most consumers, shared solar is new territory, with its own rewards and risks.   Paul Norton drives an electric car and likes the idea of getting clean energy from the sun. But putting solar panels on his family’s New Hope home wasn’t in the cards. Like many people who have...
11/13/2015
DUNN COUNTY, Wis. (RELEASE) — The Dunn County Solid Waste Division will once again be recycling holiday lights this season. From mid November to the end of January, residents will be able to recycle their old or unwanted strands of lights, regardless if they are operational or not. Recycling...
11/13/2015
Beginning today, the Recycling Association of Minnesota is holding a two and-a-half month collection event for recycling holiday lights statewide in Minnesota, joining thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, the only nationally...
11/12/2015
Minnesota consumers have new web-based tools to determine the potential financial benefits of enrolling in community solar gardens and to find developers selling subscriptions in their towns and cities. Hosted by the Clean Energy Resource Teams, the Community Solar Garden Subscriber Decision Tool...
11/11/2015
Maybe your neighborhood is already dripping with holiday twinkle lights—or maybe you’ve at least started to hear neighbors cursing when they unpack boxes to find puzzling, tangled strands that are impossible to unwind. Americans go a little crazy when it comes to decking the halls—and porches,...
11/09/2015
Dive Brief: Before heading to the store for new holiday decor, consumers in Minnesota are being encouraged to recycle their old holiday lights. With the help of several retail chains — including Home Depot and Ace Hardware —Minnesota recycled more than 104,000 pounds of holiday lights last year...
11/06/2015
Home Depot, Ace Hardware and local recycling facilities will take old Christmas lights.   Mother Nature has granted Minnesotans another weekend to put up holiday lights without having to bundle up. But even dry, warm weather can’t ease the frustration of light strings that are impossibly...
11/03/2015
Chris and Paul Meyer in front of the solar array on their home in Winona, Minnesota. Last year Chris Meyer gathered around 15 people and created an ad-hoc group in the southeast Minnesota town of Winona to either create a local solar garden or attract a developer to the area. The organization...
11/03/2015
Mark Dickinson knew a good deal when he saw one. As the manager of the Becketwood senior housing cooperative in Minneapolis, he was approached by SunEdison earlier this year to buy a subscription to a “community solar garden” and he quickly determined the contract offered plenty of advantages....
11/02/2015
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Xcel Energy customers will be paying more for their electricity if a proposed three-year rate increase gets approved by Minnesota regulators. The utility’s 9.8 percent rate hike would add about $132 to the average customer’s annual power bill. That’s a main reason...

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