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The City of White Bear Lake has a robust, independently owned restaurant community – one that attracts guests from around the metro area.
Case Studies
Restaurants use more energy per square foot than any other commercial business. However, saving energy is possible, as Trish Appleby has demonstrated in her restaurant Donatelli’s Homemade Italian in White Bear Lake, MN.
Case Studies
The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) on the Hunt Utilities Group Research campus in Pine River, Minnesota, has been working to address energy poverty for over a decade.
Case Studies
Located in the Minnesota River valley just southwest of the Twin Cities, Chaska bills itself as “a quality small town.” As the city grows, it is committed to doing so responsibly to improve quality of life for its residents.
Case Studies
Cottage Grove, a city located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Saint Croix Rivers, was ready to make some energy efficiency improvements when a new financing opportunity from the Department of Energy was introduced.
Case Studies
With a $2.8 million dollar Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, Hennepin County funded multiple energy efficiency projects at 12 different county facilities including the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), the Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, the Health Services Building, and the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC). The...
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White Bear Lake, a city located just 10 miles northeast of downtown Saint Paul, calls itself the “land of lakes and legends.” Once a popular resort area attracting visitors from all along the Mississippi River, White Bear Lake still brings in tourists with its small-town charm and big-city attractions. The city is proud of its commitment to...
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Two-page fact sheet covering the basics about CERTs. Learn about the Clean Energy Resource Teams, the work we do, our approach to advancing clean energy in Minnesota, and how you can get involved. A great resource to share with others to introduce them to CERTs.
Reports and Manuals
Solar air heat is often one of the most cost competitive solar technologies available in colder climates, and Solar water heating is up to 70% efficient in converting the sun’s energy into usable heat. Download this factsheet to learn more about both technologies and how they could be utilized on your farm.
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This report examines nine community solar projects, what’s made them possible, and barriers that remain. The importance of community solar and its potential future role in expanding solar power ownership is underscored by data on solar PV potential, showing that while nearly every state could get 20% of its power from rooftop solar alone, only a...
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