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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...
06/18/2015
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...
06/16/2015
The competition that earned Elk River the title of “Energy City,” as highway signs and other markers proudly declare, took place nearly two decades ago, but it has had a lasting impact. The designation, awarded by the nonprofit Minnesota Environmental Initiative, grew from the premise that...
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...
06/16/2015
For small businesses — especially agricultural businesses — energy is a major factor affecting their success. So, the Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams work with small businesses to help them find ways to lower their energy costs through energy efficiency and renewable energy options. Fritz...
06/15/2015
Those that live in Minnesota and want to get a better idea of exactly what’s on offer as far as utility-company-backed community solar programs go should be happy to hear that the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) recently published a regional map on the subject. The map — which is freely...
05/28/2015
SLAYTON — After helping three businesses with energy-saving retrofit projects, the Southwest Regional Development Commission (SRDC) Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program is now reaching out to crop and livestock producers interested in implementing energy conservation practices on their...
05/21/2015
A new report from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology says solar is an important source of renewable energy as the consequences of climate change become more urgent. But solar technology can be expensive and it’s not being utilized as widely as it could be. How can Minnesota leverage...

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