Wagenius: MN House energy omnibus bill sabotages solar

On her blog, Minnesota state representative Jean Wagenius warns in The worst energy bill ever sabotages solar. And that’s not all:Rep. Pat Garofalo has introduced his draft Omnibus Energy Bill. d0b80283-da3f-4839-baf9-551613c2b6d9.pdf   Since he is Chair of the House Jobs Creation and Energy Affordability Committee, his bill is the Republican bill.The Garofalo bill incorporates the energy-related ideas and bills that had been heard in his committee. Rep. Garofalo then found more bad ideas to include. This post would be much too long if it did more than scratch the surface. So it just covers the worst of the worst. Continue Reading

Solar cooking is back—and hotter than ever

by Jeremy Iggers | March 18, 2009 • I rediscovered solar ovens on Sunday at the fundraiser for the Urban Earth Garden Co-op. Roberta Avidor, an artist, co-op member and now solar oven sales rep was on hand, demonstrating the new SOS Sport (around $170 including reflector), a state-of-the-art solar oven made from recycled plastic. As samples, Roberta had brought along an apple cake, rice with veggies, and roast chicken. Continue Reading

RE-AMP RoundUp: Sept. 22, 2008

by RE-AMP • 08/22/08 • Eco Energy has said it would like to build a 67 turbine wind farm in South Eastern Minnesota. It would cost 220 million dollars and generate 100 megawatts of energy, according to the Associated Press. This and more energy news from the Midwest in the weekly Re-AMP Round Up.

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How sunshine freezes ice cream

It seems unnatural, but the ice cream you are eating may have been produced with the help of sunshine. Since the production and storage of ice cream consumes a lot of electricity, Izzy’s Ice Cream on Marshall Avenue in St. Paul is running on solar energy. Izzy’s owner Jeff Sommers says the solar electric roof installed on his café was “a huge project.” By now, the solar electric system produces ten percent of the shop’s electricity from sunlight. Continue Reading

How sunshine turns into hot water in St. Paul

It’s a well-known experience. Dip your toes in Spring Lake and you’ll see that the shallow water of the lake is usually warmer than the deep water. This is nature’s way of solar water heating. But sunlight is not only useful for heating the Minnesotan lakes. In basically the same way, it may heat domestic hot water. Continue Reading