Sauk Rapids is putting a ban on solar gardens in the city – at least for the moment. During tonight’s (Monday) city council meeting, the council unanimously approved a solar moratorium that would block any solar use within city limits.
A local electric company is now providing their customers with renewable energy as part of their community solar project. Stearns Electric has built 50, 410 watt solar panels that will produce a total of 20.5 Kilowatts of renewable energy for their members to buy.
A discussion about bringing a solar farm to Cold Spring was brought before the city council during tonight's (Tuesday) meeting. Public Works Director Paul Hoeschen brought the idea to the council as a way to provide better energy use for the wastewater treatment facility.
Sartell officials are contemplating the idea of adding a solar garden within the city. A presentation was giving during tonight's (Monday) city council meeting by representatives of SolarStone to discuss the possibility of leasing city owned property for the use of the solar garden.
State energy officials are joining with power companies to try to derail a proposed $250 million solar energy project in Minnesota. Edina-based Geronimo Energy plans to build about 20 large solar power arrays to meet future electricity needs of Xcel Energy customers.
A new Minnesota law requires investor-owned utilities like Xcel Energy to generate more electricity from solar power could mean opportunities for home and business owners willing to mount panels on their property.