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Being a rural business owner can be tough. Fortunately, there are a couple of programs aimed at helping those businesses save energy and save money on their all-important bottom lines. The federal REAP Grant and rebates from People’s Energy Cooperative provide a big incentive to save money...
The 2015 CERTS Clean Energy Conference wrapped up earlier this month in St. Cloud, Minn. It officially began on Tuesday, March 10 with a full day of informative and timely sessions, generous networking opportunities, and exhibits, ending with an evening reception. The event continued on Wednesday,...
The City of Northfield has joined the ranks of many Minnesota cities that seek to find and improve ways in which their operations can be environmentally friendly and healthy. The Minnesota GreenStep program, a part of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, is a voluntary endeavor for cities to...
“The message is that there are lots of opportunities to save water, energy and money.It’s critical to our water future.” A drip in the shower may seem like more of a nuisance than anything, but over time all of those little drops make a big splash. Sixty drops a minute add up...
New Hope has joined Minnesota GreenStep Cities, an assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve sustainability goals. See the video on 12 TV’s website
Erika Bailey-Johnson is one of Nissan’s newest LEAF owners. The Bemidji resident purchased the electric-only vehicle a few weeks ago, but she’s been a hybrid owner for the last decade. Her previous vehicle was a Toyota Prius. “I felt good about having a fuel-efficient vehicle...
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) – A conference about clean energy kicked off today at the River’s Edge Convention Center as interest in solar gardens in Minnesota heats up. It’s the sixth time that the conference, which is held every other year, has been held in St. Cloud, according to Lissa...
It might be cold outside, but it’s warm and snug in the “Eco-Affordable Home” designed and built by Rochell Carpenter and a team of her carpentry students from Leech Lake Tribal College. The home was built at the college as a curriculum project using advanced framing techniques...
Power Up Winona-Community Solar received a $3,500 Southeast Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT) seed grant in 2014 to review and evaluate the role Winona-area nonprofits and institutions can play in successfully developing a community solar project. The long-term goal of the group, to establish a 1...
In other business Feb. 18, the council agreed to continue with the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program, which the city has been a part of since 2012. This is a free, voluntary challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve sustainability and qualify-of-life goals. The planning...



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