Small Cities Explore Sustainable Energy Solutions

From solar panels to waste-to-energy to geothermal systems, small cities across Minnesota are exploring ways to take advantage of the latest in distributed energy generation technologies to reduce costs and improve local economies.

"Whether looking to establish a reputation for forward-thinking to attract residents and businesses, hoping to save money on utility bills or wishing to mitigate carbon footprints while creating local jobs, cities across Minnesota are installing green-energy projects," reports Jennifer Vogel. 

"Rural Minnesota is already where much of the state's power is generated. It's home to enormous wind and solar farms, like a new one near the small town of Slayton, and more traditional facilities like Xcel Energy's Prairie Island nuclear plant a few miles north of downtown Red Wing. But a movement toward small-scale solar, wind and biomass tied to particular buildings or clusters of buildings — often referred to as 'distributed generation' — has the potential to change the way we make and get energy."

Full Story: From sunlight to farm waste, small cities create energy from what's on hand


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