Green Building Resources
Renewable 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