Stay up to date on clean energy

Solar & Wind News

By Trevor Drake    November 20th, 2017
Since its launch in 2014, Xcel Energy’s community solar garden program in Minnesota has driven a growing conversation about solar energy options and opportunities, especially among local government staff and elected officials. Local governments are sought after as solar garden subscribers for their large and often stable electric loads, excellent credit scores, and interest in opportunities to reduce energy costs and meet public goals on clean energy. However, local governments are also thoughtful about conducting due diligence around new opportunities like community solar. While solar... Continue reading
By Ali Dahmes    November 14th, 2017
The 11th Annual Fall Summit, held at Saint John’s University this year, engaged over 200 students and coaches from 14 Youth Energy Summit (YES!) teams from central and southern Minnesota. Students participated in sessions like “Get Current,” “The Climate is Changing, Are you?,” “You Are My Sunshine,” “Water, Water, Everywhere, We Really Need to Care,” “Waste Not,” and “Pushing Your Limits” that connected them with peers, engaged them in tools for success, and demonstrated project ideas as they head into the 2017-18 YES! season. The theme for this year’s Fall Summit was “Say YES! to Living... Continue reading
By Peter Lindstrom    November 2nd, 2017
Minneapolis, Champlin, Forest Lake Area Schools, Lester Prairie, Dakota County, Waconia Public Schools. What do these local governments and schools districts have in common? They are just a sample of public entities that have utilized third-party financing as a means to place solar arrays on their facilities. Third-party financing is an innovative tool for public entities to tap into long-term energy cost savings without requiring large up-front capital expenditures. Local governments and schools are great locations for solar: large, flat roofs, lots of expensive electrical load, a... Continue reading
By Dan Thiede    October 31st, 2017
As Energy Awareness Month comes to a close, celebrate with these clean energy-themed pumpkin stencils! It’s a fun way to energize your neighborhood and teach your kids about energy efficiency and renewable energy. While you’re at it, you can also avoid cold weather terrors like phantom power and see tips for bundling up your house before winter hits. Or check out our Right Light App to find the perfect LED bulbs to keep you out of the dark… Click here to download the energy-themed pumpkin patterns (created by the U.S. Department of Energy). Have a safe and spooky... Continue reading
By Fritz Ebinger    October 16th, 2017
High on the bluffs above the Mississippi River, near the town of La Crescent, Minnesota, is Enchanted Meadows Organic Dairy Farm. This enterprise is owned by Art and Jean Thicke, and has been in the Thicke family for over 85 years. The conversion to organic was completed in 2005, and they became members of Westby Cooperative Creamery in 2008. Chad and Melissa Crowley, and family, help operate the farm on a partnerships basis with Art and Jean; and three years ago (2013), the Crowley’s purchased an ownership position. Daily operations include animal care for 90 Ayrshire milking cows,... Continue reading
By Maggie Kozak    October 10th, 2017
On October 3rd, over 30 people joined a clean energy tour in Detroit Lakes hosted by Detroit Lakes Public Utilities, Missouri River Energy Services (MRES), and Central Clean Energy Resource Team (Central CERT). Community Solar Ribbon Cutting: Tour participants boarded a charter bus (kindly provided by Missouri River Energy Services!) and set off to see the Ribbon Cutting of Detroit Lakes Public Utilities’ Community Solar installation. Red ribbon and scissors in hand, folks from the Chamber of Commerce, local officials, Detroit Lakes Public Utilities Commission, Senator Kent Eken, and... Continue reading

Clean Energy Resource Teams

The Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) manage the Clean Energy Project Builder with the generous support of our many partners. If you'd like to stay in touch, subscribe to our Energy Stories emails or click on any of the icons below.