Tag Archive for community solar

25 Minneapolis Solar Gardens Are a Step Closer!

In Hennepin County, there are currently 25 Community Solar Garden (CSG) applications, totaling 23.30 megawatts of power, that have been reviewed for completeness – which is the big step prior to the “design and construction” phase of a CSG. Two smaller garden applications (.07 MW) are now in that design phase. To learn more about…

Sustainable We #4: Where Does the Sun Shine on Renewable Energy?

“We are well served by having the educated, aware, thoughtful and passionate individuals we have in Minneapolis who want to collectively do in a better way. How are we designing a sustainable environment together?” Topic #4: “Where Does the Sun Shine on Renewable Energy?” Our city-wide series of “Sustainable We” conversations continued January 19 with a panel discussion at the community room…

YOUTH: Cool Ideas to Reuse Garbage

Garbage by Type (EPA)

by Dylan Morrissette, entering 6th grade, Anthony Middle School Did you know that with just newspaper, rolled up paper bags and special glue I made a wolf head, thanks to the May Day workshops put on by The Heart of the Beast? I’ve also been a spider and a Chinese dragon. My sister has been a bird…

Q&A with Xcel: Community Solar Gardens

One of the primary ways that Minneapolis residents can participate in renewable energy in the near future is through subscriptions in a Community Solar Garden (CSG). We’ve written about this option in detail on this website, including the cooperative model being created to include low-income households and focus on creating local jobs. Through a collaboration…

Announcing: Lake Street Energy Challenge

Lake Street Energy Challenge boundaries

Although the launch of community solar gardens in Minneapolis is taking longer than many would like — developers applied to Xcel Energy in December 2014 and the approval process is slow — there will be opportunities for residents, without a large upfront investment, to participate in solar energy before the end of 2016. For a…

Removing Barriers to Saving With Solar

At a recent forum (Conscious Living Expo), Timothy DenHerder-Thomas of Cooperative Energy Futures responded to MPLS Green founder Mikki Morrissette’s concerns about barriers to community solar garden cost savings for Minneapolis residents. What are the barriers to Minneapolis solar? How are they resolved? And — do you know how much coal a typical Minneapolis family…

10 Steps for Sustainable Living

Introducing the vision of implementing sustainability habits in 10 days, and the experts at a recent MPLS Green forum Our neighborhoods… our communities… our cities… our country…. our planet is interconnected. We can’t take one step without affecting another. In a similar vein, every step we take can make a positive impact on something else.…

Spotlight: Cooperative Energy

Timothy DenHerder-Thomas

Who is Timothy DenHerder-Thomas? In a recent series of discussions with Minneapolis neighborhood and business advocates, hosted by Xcel Energy to talk about engaging community with energy efficiency and pending solar, one of the many voices at the table was Timothy DenHerder-Thomas, a bright, insightful East Coast transplant who has mobilized youth leaders around sustainability,…

Linden Hills: Conscious Living Expo

For the last few years, the Lake Harriet Spiritual Center (LHSC, 4401 Upton) has been hosting the Conscious Living Expo, a day-long gathering of local vendors and workshops designed to help individuals and families Live Healthy, Live Green. This year the zero-waste event is Saturday, April 4, 10am-5pm, at LHSC. It is sponsored by the…