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Connexus Energy makes it easy to go solar

09/04/2014, 1:30pm CDT
By Samantha Neral, Connexus Director of Communications & Community Relations

Next informational meeting September 16 at National Sports Center

With 792 solar panels and an output of 245 kilowatts, Connexus Energy’s community solar garden it is one of the largest community solar developments in the state. And, Connexus members can be a part of it. Members can purchase panels at $950 each. The cost of the SolarWise project, as well as 20 years of maintenance and insurance, is covered in the price of each panel. Connexus Energy owns the physical panel, members own the energy that is produced by the panel. Based on typical weather in Ramsey, each panel’s output ranges from 21 to 45 kWh-per-month and will vary from year to year. The credit on member’s bills will vary accordingly. Only members who wish to participate in community solar pay for it. It is not  subsidized by members who are not interested in solar energy.

Community solar is a relatively new option for those who want to participate in solar energy production but can’t install their own solar panels. The concept is comparable to a community garden, in that people who don't have the resources for a garden on their own property can instead buy a share of a plot of land. In a community garden, participants get fruits and vegetables, and in a solar garden, members receive a credit on their electric bills.

Connexus plans to hold a number of informational meetings for those interested in learning more about SolarWise. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Sports Center. For more information, go to connexusenergy.com.

Herb Brooks’ legacy lives on at the Herb Brooks Golf Classic

06/16/2014, 3:45pm CDT
By Isaac Haight, NSC Media Intern

Herb Brooks’ legacy was evident June 13 at the Herb Brooks Golf Classic at Victory Links where 135 golfers, including a who's-who of big names in American hockey, showed their support for the idolized coach

The outing is held each year to benefit the Herb Brooks Foundation and help fund the mission of the foundation to grow the game of hockey, while paying respects to arguably the most iconic hockey coach of all time.

Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo, who participated in the event, said coaching with Herb was an opportunity for him to learn from one of the best hockey minds and an overall great person. 

NSC innovates by using stormwater to irrigate its turf

06/05/2014, 1:15pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, NSC Chief Communications Officer

Minnesota Public Radio ran a great story today about how two Twin Cities golf courses, Prestwick in Woodbury and Oneka Ridge in White Bear Lake, are diverting stormwater runoff and building ponds to irrigate their fairways and greens. In the story, "Golf courses start to reuse stormwater to keep grass green," reporter Elizabeth Dunbar told how the two courses will use stormwater to supply part, but not all, of their irrigation needs.

You might be interested to know that the The National Sports Center has been doing the same thing -- and more -- since 2009.

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