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The numbers tell a bleak story when it comes to grocery stores and access to fresh, healthy food in rural Minnesota. More than 340,000 Minnesotans face both distance and income barriers to obtaining healthy, affordable food. Approximately 235,000 Minnesotans live more than 10 miles away from a...
Tapping into a relatively new financing tool, Madison Equities is finishing up $12 million worth of energy efficiency improvements to its First National Bank Center, U.S. Bank Center and 375 Jackson buildings in downtown St. Paul. The combined project is expected to yield big savings in utility...
If you’re planning on looking at the fall colors this weekend, you might want to add a little energy efficiency to your trip. The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society’s 2016 Sustainable Homes Tour, on Saturday, will host more than 20 homes and businesses in southeastern Minnesota and...
During the past 18 months, Winona, Houston, Fillmore, and Olmsted County Boards have all approved agreements making a new Minnesota financing tool called Property-Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, available throughout the region. This program will advance adoption of energy efficiency for buildings...
Businesses and non-profit organizations in Houston County and Spring Grove, looking to upgrade their facilities to be more energy efficient and to use clean energy, might now have help with financing those projects. A Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program meeting was held on Tuesday, Sept...
Maplewood’s local government has already shown their support for solar energy through the solar panels fixed atop the community center roof, mounted on the ground near City Hall and installed as the awning at the Maplewood Nature Center. The local government also adopted a renewable energy...
New Hope has earned high rankings with the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program. Watch the video below to learn more. Click here to watch on Channel 12’s website >>
City joins others to subscribe to solar farms Inver Grove Heights is joining other metro cities in subscribing to solar farms. By joining the other 21 cities, Inver Grove Heights is moving forward with plans to use and promote clean energy. “It’s kind of a responsibility of all of us in taking...
A new solar installation added to the parking garage roof of a Twin Cities apartment building the largest investment in renewable energy at a multi-family housing site in Minnesota. The 148 kilowatt (kW) project at CityVue Apartments in Eagan sits a top a parking lot next to the 11-story, 113...
Area residents interested in solar energy but are unable to have their own solar panels have an alternative with solar panel gardens. At an Aug. 30 workshop devoted to discussing solar energy, Region Nine Renewable Energy Task Force and Clean Energy Resource Team informed the attendees about...



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