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Renewable Energy

Renewable EnergyRenewable energy is becoming a popular choice for many homeowners.  See below for resources available for the adventurous do-it-yourselfers and for those who choose to use a professional contractor.

US Department of Energy – Renewable Energy

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Minnesota Solar & Small Wind Installers Map

Find Solar – Solar Resources, Calculator, Solar Energy Resources

The Family Handyman – Getting Your Energy Source From the Sun May Save You

Instructables – Alternative Energy DIY

The Family Handyman – DIY Solar Water Heating

Mother Earth News – Choose DIY to Save Big on Solar Panels for Your Home!

Mother Earth News – Wind Energy Generation:  The Answer is Blowin’ in the Wind

Vela Creations – How to Build a Chispito Wind Generator

Interested in renewable energy but don’t want to install solar panels or a wind turbine?  Homes can purchases wind sourced energy from Xcel through their Windsource program for around $10 for an average customer.

Alternatively, homes can purchase a renewable energy credit (REC) to offset their electricity use.  RECs represent the social, environmental and other nonpower qualities of renewable electricity generation.

RECs and sourced electricity can be certified by Green-e, an independent consumer protection program.  The Green-e website allows users to search by state for certified providers.

Xcel Energy – Windsource for Residences


Macalester College · 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105  USA · 651-696-6000
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