Minnesota

Xcel Energy To Grow Wind Power By 30%

Xcel Energy, billed as America’s top wind energy company, has announced that it proposes to “significantly expand its wind power production to reduce customer costs, protect against rising and volatile fuel prices, and benefit the environment.” The move is set to expand their overall wind capacity by 30% and is … [continued]

Community Solar Garden #SolarChat Summary

This article was originally published on Solar Love. I recently participated in one of the Twitter #SolarChat events that @EcoOutfitters organizes. It was a real blast — fun and informative. The general focus was community solar gardens, but that was of course linked to many other solar issues. Numerous useful … [continued]

The Community Solar ‘Holy Grail’?

Has a Carbondale, CO, company found the ‘holy grail’ of community renewable energy projects? In this podcast with with Paul Spencer, President and founder of the Clean Energy Collective (CEC) in Carbondale, CO, we explored how CEC is pioneering the process of delivering clean power-generation through medium-scale (mostly solar) facilities … [continued]

What Is Wind Energy? Wind Energy 101

You’ve seen those huge, white, and twirling wind turbines on the horizon before, but have you ever wondered how they actually work? Let’s break it down! What is wind energy? Wind energy is electricity created from a wind turbine. (Side note: a common mistake is to call them windmills; however, … [continued]

Is There Phantom Power Usage In Your Home?

Dr. David Schmidt of the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences is practicing what he preaches. The professor of the popular Renewable Energy and the Environment course has conducted his own study on phantom power in the home. Phantom power (also referred to as standby … [continued]