Ground Source Heating & Cooling Case Studies

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Finland, Minnesota is incorporating renewable energy education into the construction of its new community center. With the implementation of geothermal technology, the new community center will serve as an educational model for other initiatives, as well as for the community that utilizes the building.
Concordia Language Villages’ (CLV) BioHaus is one of the first buildings in the US to receive the German Passivhaus certification. It features air-tight insulation, natural lighting, geothermal heating and cooling systems, and solar thermal panels. The goal of the BioHaus is to educate visitors and enhance their personal awareness of how to more...
As residents of the Midwest know, the growing season is painfully short. When it’s twenty below, what else can you do besides go to the supermarket and buy tomatoes shipped from thousands of miles away? Whitewater Farms in Altura, Minnesota has found a solution. The farm, owned and operated by Sandy and Lonny Dietz, contains a geothermal greenhouse...
Greg Loek and Kathy Rice started exploring energy use in their home, and began with some low-hanging fruit, like energy conservation. Before they knew it, they were installing a ground-source heat pump and a solar PV system! This is the story of their clean energy journey.
The Onamia Elementary School in Mille Lacs County, completed in the mid-1990s, was the first large geothermal school project in Minnesota. With the completion of the Rolf Olsen Community Learning Center and the Lions Club Center in 2004, the elementary school is now one of three education buildings with geothermal systems operated by the Onamia School...
Suzanne Peterson runs Azariah Acres Farm, a sustainable farm in Morrison County that raises pasture-fed sheep, yak, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, and guinea hens. A geothermal system was installed for heating livestock drinking water during the winter months.
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