It was fall of 2003 when Hallberg Engineering approached Mr. John Doth, Director of Facilities with Independent School District 833 of South Washington County Schools, regarding their new concept, the Schools for Energy Efficiency™ (SEE) Program. The SEE Program guides schools in low and no cost strategies to reduce the energy consumption and overall...
Koda Energy is a partnership between Rahr Malting Company- a family owned business based in Shakopee and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community. These two organizations have joined together to create a combined heat and power (CHP) biomass facility that will serve them both.
The goal of the Phillips Community Energy Cooperative (PCEC), led by the Green Institute, and supported by Xcel Energy and the Minnesota Department of Commerce, is to create an urban energy cooperative that gives energy consumers greater control over their energy usage and to link conservation programs with under-served pop
This report focuses on one neighborhood’s effort to jump start solar thermal in the Twin Cities. It also contains useful information on the potential of solar hot water systems in Minnesota.
In response to ongoing changes in the electric utility industry and other energy markets, Hennepin County initiated a Metropolitan Counties Energy Task Force in late 1999. Counties represented on the Task Force include Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Scott and Washington.
Riders of the Hiawatha light rail may notice an interesting roof as they head North from the Lake Street/midtown station. The Green Institute’s Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center (PEEC), located at 2801 21st Avenue South in Minneapolis completed a 4000 square foot green rooftop in the spring of 2004. The green rooftop is one of three projects installed on...
This case study is a great example of putting a decommissioned resource back to use. Construction of the Byllesby Dam was completed in 1911, and it generated electricity for Northern States Power Company (now Xcel Energy) until 1966. In 1968, the power company transferred ownership of the dam to Goodhue and Dakota Counties.
Wild River State Park converted the fuel oil-fired water heater at one of its campground shower facilities to a liquid propane and solar thermal water pre-heating system in May 1998. The system works by pumping water from the well to the solar storage tank and from there cycling it through the solar collector system which is comprised of 4 flat plate...
Norm Krause, director of the Central Lakes Agricultural Center, gave the CERT team a presentation about the corn burner at the Central Lakes Ag Center in Staples on October 15th, 2006. U of M professors Steve Taff and Carl Rosen plan on studying the project.
The Haubenschild family business is a lot more than a dairy farm; it’s a renewable energy generation plant, a research facility, and a model for the future of agriculture in a society committed to clean air, and drinkable water.