renewable energy

Solar 101 Video

Ralph Jacobson

RENew Northfield presented “Solar Power 101” at the Public Library, on December 20th 2005. The guest speaker for the evening was Ralph Jacobson of Innovative Power Systems (IPS Solar). Ralph spoke about PV power systems and solar heating and rebates options.

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Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy

Solar module

The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy. Sign me up! »

St. Olaf, Making Green Strides

dreaming of clean energy with two 1.65 megawatt turbines

Riding the Wind

On the horizon of Northfield, Minnesota is a 1.65-megawatt turbine, turning its lonely arms in the sky. Generating about 20 % of Carleton College’s energy needs. Yes 20%!
Soon that lonely turbine wont be so lonely anymore! St. Olaf has started planting the roots for yet another 1.65-megawatt wind turbine among the soybeans and corn. This power will be used directly by St. Olaf. Providing an estimated 30% of the colleges total energy needs.
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Northfield’s Wind Turbine


1.65 Megawatt NEG Micon Turbine – Property of Carleton College

This turbine is capable of producing about 6 million kilowatt hours of pollution-free annually, which is about 40% of Carleton’s annual electrical needs or enough power for 600 homes locally (Northfield, MN).
The blades turn at a standard consistent speed of 14.2 revolutions per minute, no matter how windy it is.