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08/13/2012
Running a farm takes a lot of energy — in more ways than one. In 2009, Minnesota’s 81,000 farms spent more than $700 million on transportation fuel and an additional $160 million on electricity. Energy use on Minnesota farms and production facilities varies considerably depending on the type and...
08/03/2012
When it comes to installing solar energy in Minnesota, advocates say, the path to going green is often snarled in red tape. Getting building permits for fairly straightforward installations can take days — unnecessarily, the advocates say — and the delays cost money as work crews and...
08/02/2012
What is the importance of church in your community or what role does the church play in your community? The answer goes beyond words because it has been an intrinsic part of our community. In that case isn’t it our responsibility to make our churches better every time? It’s hard to collect...
07/30/2012
Individuals, groups and governmental units can apply for grants through the Clean Energy Resource Teams to help pay for projects such as improving energy efficiency for city-owned buildings, solar power for schools, on-farm wind power and greenhouses heated by renewable energy. Proposals are due...
07/21/2012
A new equipment discount program, utility rebates and existing federal tax credits make it a good time for southeastern Minnesota homeowners and businesses to install solar, according to Austin Utilities. Customers can receive deep discounts on specific solar equipment if they sign up for the...
07/20/2012
Need funding to get an energy efficiency or renewable energy project off the ground? The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) can help. CERTs seeks to provide seed grants to support the labor costs for clean energy projects that spur community development in Minnesota. Project proposals should be...
07/19/2012
Do you and your community need funding to get an energy efficiency or renewable energy project off the ground? The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) can help. Do you and your community need funding to get an energy efficiency or renewable energy project off the ground? The Clean Energy Resource...
07/17/2012
What will it take to make rental housing – especially older stock – more energy-efficient? For years, the question has frustrated energy-efficiency advocates, utilities and property owners who face obstacles that don’t exist in the single-family home or commercial markets. Among the biggest...
07/15/2012
Excerpt: The K.K. Berge Building, a two-story brownstone throwback that barely survived demolition after one of the many Minnesota River floods here, sits among a row of shops and businesses downtown. The renovated 1924 structure – its brick facing and high ceilings intact – houses the Chamber of...
07/07/2012
The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced Friday that it has chosen the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) to coordinate efforts for the Minnesota Solar Challenge, which hopes to educate local governments on how to simplify the permitting and regulatory process of installing solar...

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