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08/05/2014
If you’ve thought about solar energy, you’ve probably wondered just how much power you can get from those big cells on your rooftop. Thanks to the University of Minnesota, there’s an award-winning app for that. The MN Solar Suitability Analysis application, created as a...
07/28/2014
Seven graduate students at the University of Minnesota are looking to shine a light on the state’s sunniest spots. As part of a semester-long study ultimately aimed at boosting the state’s solar power output, the team is using a new web-based “solar suitability” tool that allows a user to easily...
07/27/2014
Where are the sunniest places in Minnesota? A team of seven graduate students at the University of Minnesota has found the answer, down to the square meter. The result is an innovative Web-based “solar suitability” tool designed to help renewable energy companies choose suitable sites for solar...
07/23/2014
In June 2013 as part of The Climate Action Plan, President Obama announced the Climate Data Initiative, an effort to encourage tech innovators to use data about climate change risks and impacts in compelling ways to help citizens, businesses, and communities makes smart choices in the face of...
07/22/2014
St. Anthony used to dump 18 water towers’ worth of storm runoff and other water into the Mississippi River each year. Then it turned around and pumped 24 towers’ worth of groundwater to sprinkle the lawns of Central Park and City Hall. “What a waste. We were just throwing it out like it was free...
07/19/2014
Representatives from the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) coordinated a multi-location presentation Wednesday in Royalton, showcasing the clean energy projects and successes of the city of Royalton. The event was free and open to the public. CERTs is under the umbrella of the University of...
07/15/2014
San Diego, Calif. — GIS firm Esri named three winners of its 2014 Climate Resilience App Challenge during a Monday keynote at the company’s annual users’ conference in San Diego. Participants in the challenge designed free apps that use public geospatial data to help users make eco-friendly choices...
07/15/2014
Redlands, California — July 15, 2014 —Esri, the world leader in mapping technology, today announced the winners of the Esri Climate Resilience App Challenge 2014. The announcement was made during the Opening Session of the 2014 Esri User Conference in San Diego. Developers were tasked to create...
07/15/2014
The City of Scandia had the honor of being recognized as a Minnesota GreenStep City and received a certificate at the recent League of Minnesota Cities Conference on June 20 for their continued involvement in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program. “This award shows community members and other...
07/15/2014
How about this for a great idea: Find a little patch of land with a south-facing exposure, get a bunch of people together to put up a moderately sized solar array, take advantage of some grants and tax breaks, and sell that power back to the grid to help pay for your energy needs. It is like having...

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