Nine groups ranging from a Stewartville dental clinic to a county landfill will get from $2,000 to $5,000 from the state’s Clean Energy Resource Team to do various projects to save energy or produce clean energy.
They are among 55 given out in the state for a total of $280,000 and are intended to be seed money for major work.
Money comes from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security.
• Trulson Dental Clinic in Stewartville, $5,000, to install a nearly silent vibration-free wind turbine. It’s hoped the magnetically-levitated vertical-axis turbine will be a model for other roof tops.
• Olmsted County’s Think Green Sustainability Fair, $2,000, to hold a Think Green Sustainability Fair to motivate participants to take individual actions at home, at work, and on their farms. That, in turn, will contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions and other positive environmental effects.
• Northfield School of Art and Technology, $5,000, to build an environmentally-friendly greenhouse. Besides being a teaching aid, it will be used for growing organic produce to be sold to the local food co-op.
• Winona County, $5,000, to collect about 50 percent of the methane that is emitted by its landfill and use it to heat a green aquaculture, hydroponic and greenhouse facility. Students from local universities and high schools will assist in the design, development, and construction of the facility.
• Three Rivers Community Action in Northfield, $5,000, to help buy five foreclosed homes in downtown Northfield, rehabilitate them with green and healthy improvements, then sell them to low income families.
• Perpetual Harvest in Goodhue, $5,000, for a solar thermal hot water system for dairy pipeline washing and sanitizing. The benefits of this project will be offered to other farmers with a Wet site and a cooperative.
• Winona Soil & Water Conservation District, $5,000, to work with Pork & Plants near Elba and Winona State University to develop a model for how perennial grasses and forbs can be pelletized and produced at a farm-scale level on marginal land. The pellets will be used as an alternative source of renewable fuel.
• Region Nine Development Commission in Mankato, $3,000 to do an inventory of renewable energy resources in three of nine chosen Minnesota counties, compile completed renewable energy data and/or conduct a gap analysis of renewable energy data.
• Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota, $5,000, to develop and administer a homeowner orientation curriculum for high-efficiency homes. It will be targeted to low-income first-time homebuyers but can be easily replicated for existing homeowners.