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03/11/2016
SUNBURG — More than ever before, the “green’’ in clean energy stands for greenbacks. West central Minnesota is seeing increased activity in the area of energy efficiency and renewables due to economic drivers. That’s according to over 30 clean energy enthusiasts, many of them entrepreneurs, who...
03/10/2016
The first program the council voted to participate in was the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program. Participation is free and the goal is to help the city reduce energy costs and enhance the quality of life in the community. Partners in Energy is the second program and, through Xcel Energy, is...
03/05/2016
A look into complaints by the state Attorney General’s Office regarding solar power subscription offers should reassure consumers that someone is taking notice of their concerns. The complaints have to do with consumers feeling bombarded by the number of offers while others are confused about the...
03/04/2016
Sunburg — Anyone with an interest in clean energy is welcome to learn about projects in the area during a networking event hosted by the West Central Clean Energy Resource Team. The free event is being held in the Sunburg Community Center from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. A free lunch will...
03/03/2016
Five energy companies have won contracts to build large, community solar projects to offset a share of the electricity used by 30 Twin Cities public agencies and local governments, including Minneapolis. Under the terms of the deals, released this week, a mix of national and Minnesota-based...
03/02/2016
The Minnesota attorney general’s office is receiving an increasing number of complaints from people around the state about offers to subscribe to solar gardens. Some complaints are about the high volume of offers, and others are from solar garden subscribers who worry they have been ripped...
03/02/2016
Leaders at the Mayo Civic Center are moving forward with a plan to make the facility more energy efficient. Officials want to replace the old lights in the Auditorium, Exhibit Hall and Taylor Arena with state-of-the-art LEDs. They would use less energy, which means less demand from power...
03/02/2016
McLeod Cooperative Power Association, a provider of electricity to homes and businesses, is rolling out a suite of services and efficient-equipment grants for farming patrons to reduce their energy use. “Energy efficient farming equipment can really help producers decrease energy costs and...
03/01/2016
If it didn’t make economic sense, Jodi Dansingburg would not have signed on. Dansingburg, school coordinator for Ridgeway Community School, a public charter school serving the far corner or southeast Minnesota, said saving energy is, for her school, as much about saving money as the...
02/24/2016
Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS), the University of Minnesota Extension Service and USDA Rural Redevelopment are helping farmers and rural small businesses reduce costs with energy efficiency by taking control of their energy costs with renewable energy projects… Click here to see the...

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