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05/01/2018
A newcomer to the Minnesota solar industry sees big potential to sign up more residential customers for community solar garden subscriptions. CleanChoice Energy announced Tuesday that it has been selling subscriptions to eight solar gardens in Minnesota with a total capacity of 42.5 megawatts....
04/30/2018
Businesses are powered by solar panels on rooftops in downtown Minneapolis while small towns across the state source solar energy from “solar gardens” and farms harness the power of the sun to power up their barns. Minnesota has become a leading U.S. state for its adoption of solar and other...
04/26/2018
In 2015, the City of Crookston achieved “GreenStep City I” status, taking part on the Minnesota GreenStep Cities free initiative that challenges cities, on a voluntary basis, to achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals and then work to continuously improve on them. The program is...
04/23/2018
In a split vote Monday, the Winona Planning Commission put its support behind a request to reestablish the Citizens Environmental Quality Committee as an advisory commission. As a commission, the CEQC would assist the City Council with making decisions on environmental issues and green...
04/22/2018
Earth Day in Red Wing will be more than a blip this year, largely thanks to Laura Wildenborg. More than just an outdoor enthusiast, Wildenborg could more correctly be called an outdoor evangelist. Sustainability and the environment are her passions and she demonstrates boundless energy for...
04/21/2018
Excerpt: Apple Valley, Lakeville, Belle Plaine, Eagan and Burnsville are just some of the dozen communities across Rep. Lewis’s district seeing the impacts of climate change today. To help mitigate some risks to their economy and adapt to a changing climate they joined the Minnesota GreenStep...
04/18/2018
The average American buys about eight pairs of shoes a year, according to the American Apparel and Footwear Association. Studies have shown we only wear some of them because they don’t fit right, aren’t the right size or they’re out of style. So odds are there’s a stack...
04/13/2018
BEMIDJI—Bemidji residents are coming together for a solar power project, and are doing so with assistance from Solar United Neighbors, or the SUN. In collaboration with Bemidji State University’s sustainability office, Security Bank USA, Harmony Foods Co-op and Clean Energy Resource Teams,...
04/13/2018
Minnesotans can be proud that our state is a leader in deploying solar energy. Solar provides clean, local, cost-effective electricity that can empower people to take control of their energy sources. Despite our leadership in this area, there’s much more that can and should be done to make solar...
04/13/2018
BEMIDJI—Area residents interested in powering up with solar energy crowded the community room at Beltrami Electric Cooperative on Thursday to hear about a new initiative. The event was to share information on a new bulk purchase group formed by individuals in Bemidji, with assistance from Solar...

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