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Hockey is big in Edina. The town rallies around the sport and its facilities—giving their support to the teams, sending their kids to the ice arena for lessons, and going out on weeknights to watch games.
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The road to energy efficiency isn’t always smooth, but that hasn’t stopped the City of Austin, Minnesota from taking measure after measure to promote environmental mindfulness and investment within its own community.
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In the small town of Gonvick, Minnesota, the Clear Waters Life Center has revitalized an old building and with it, a community. When the schools of Gonvick and Clearbrook were combined in 1992, a new school building opened north of Clearbrook in 2004 to accommodate the influx of students and the Gonvick School was vacated.
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USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program provides assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for a wide variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, including solar PV and solar thermal projects. This factsheet offers tips from Kellye Rose at Rose Consulting Service and Ron Omann with USDA Rural Development about how...
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Randy Washburn has a knack for how things operate. Although he has only been Supervisor of Itasca County’s Facilities Management Office for five years, he has made a huge impact. Washburn has a good understanding of the constraints of the county’s energy budget. This is why he started asking questions in 2009, and since then, he has not stopped.
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When you’re interested in planning a solar energy project, knowing the basic steps can take a lot of the confusion out of the process. This factsheet walks you through six steps to planning a farm or business solar project: (1) Get educated, (2) Start planning, (3) Seek advice, (4) Get bids, (5) Install solar, and (6) Tell your story. Get started today!
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Have you been looking for a guide that provides simple steps to installing a solar project on your home or business, or in your community? This two-page primer walks you through the steps you need to take to begin powering your life with solar energy. Topics include (1) What you should do before you begin, (2) Getting educated, (3) Starting planning, (...
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Solar-Powered Electric Fences for Farms and Ranches: Electric fencing can be powered by solar photovoltaic energy, perfect for temporary, portable, or remote applications. Solar-Powered Water Pumps for Farms and Ranches: Solar photovoltaic-powered water pumps are a versatile and cost-effective way for you to provide water remotely.
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The Rural Minnesota Solar Initiative is a resource to help farmers and small business owners learn more about how solar can work for them, and provide the needed assistance to catalyze projects. Why here? Minnesota is a great place for solar energy, with more annual solar energy potential than Houston, TX and nearly as much as Miami, FL! There are...
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