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01/27/2018
Ohm my — they did it. A coalition of electric utilities, government agencies and environmental groups recently completed the first highway corridor in Minnesota that’s fully friendly to electric vehicles. From the Twin Cities to the North Shore and beyond, travelers on Interstate 35 and Hwy. 61...
01/25/2018
At the Jan. 16 work session, the New Hope City Council heard an update from city staff members regarding the community’s current standings in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Program. New Hope was dubbed a “Step 3” city in June 2016 and city staff members asked the council if it would be interested...
01/23/2018
Red Wing City Council approved the installation of one electric vehicle charging station during the regular meeting Monday, Jan. 22. The council decided to move forward with this project after being awarded a $2,000 CERT seed grant to cover installation costs. The remainder of the project will be...
01/23/2018
Dean Fitch gave an update on the Crosslake Area Endowment Foundation and presented a new project called “GreenStep City” that the EDA will be recommending for approval at the February council meeting. Becoming a “GreenStep City” provides opportunities to access additional...
01/17/2018
Though not quoted directly, the Clean Energy Resource Teams provided a significant amount of background for this story. “Our cattle business was our past,” says Ralph Kaehler, whose family has farmed land along the steep bluffs of the Upper Mississippi River in Minnesota for 136 years. “Our...
01/15/2018
The city and township of La Crescent teamed up in an agreement that put solar panels on the rooftop of the La Crescent Fire Station/Community Building last month. In an agreement with Winona Renewable Energy and funded through the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program, the installation and...
01/11/2018
The City of Isanti was presented with GreenStep city signage at its Jan. 2 City Council meeting for its progression forward with the GreenStep program. Public Services Director Josie Wood has been leading the program after the city’s community development director left the city, and presented the...
12/19/2017
The Minnesota Department of Commerce recommends several simple ways to conserve energy and save money this holiday season: Ask for and give energy-efficient gifts, such as ENERGY STAR home entertainment equipment, appliances, and computers that are efficient and environmentally friendly. Check...
11/07/2017
Located on the sprawling, football-field-size rooftop of the Court International Building, St. Paul’s largest solar photovoltaic array is an example of an emerging clean-energy financing trend.The 430-kilowatt Court International array is one of four solar installations along University Avenue in...
10/31/2017
Two nonprofit organizations offering to save consumers money on solar panels by buying them in bulk have begun campaigns in Minnesota. Solar United Neighbors announced an expansion into Minnesota, which joins Ohio as the second Midwest state with a local office. Midwest Renewable Energy...

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