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Windustry Rolls Out New Curriculum for Installers

August 9, 2011 - 12:11pm -- Anonymous

Seventeen Minnesota community and technical college instructors recently took part in Train-the-Trainer sessions on a new curriculum for Small Wind Energy Systems and are now prepared to offer courses on the subject.

The six-credit course material was produced by Windustry and written by experts, with support from the MN Office of Energy Security. It is the first of its kind in the country, designed to prepare installers for the written portion of the exam by North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

Windustry at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair

July 21, 2011 - 11:04am -- Anonymous
Windustry presents the Wind Energy Center
in The Eco Experience at the Minnesota State
Fair from August 26 - September 6, 2010.
Proud Partner - Eco Experience

The Wind Energy Center is an interactive, museum-quality display within the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair, in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Developed and presented by Windustry, it teaches hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans each year about our great wind resource and how wind energy can provide both environmental and economic benefits to Minnesotans. This will be the fifth year of the Wind Energy Center, and promises to be the best yet, inspiring visitors to actively support and participate in small, midsize, and large wind energy development in Minnesota.

New Report Looks at New Business Models for Community Wind

January 27, 2011 - 7:45pm -- Anonymous

(January, 2011) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has released a 34-page report to the public: "Community Wind: Once Again Pushing the Envelope of Project Finance," by Dr. Mark Bolinger. The report describes innovative financing and organizational structures for five community wind projects constructed in 2010.

President Barack Obama & President Hu Jintao

January 19, 2011 - 4:07pm -- Anonymous

January 19, 2011

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20003

Dear President Barack Obama & President Hu Jintao:

It is time to publicly acknowledge that the continued burning of fossil fuels threatens the survival of civilization. The science is incontrovertible on this fact, yet the response from government is business as usual. Our two nations dominate world carbon emissions.

CERTs 2011 Clean Energy Convergence - Learn, Connect, ACT

December 15, 2010 - 2:17pm -- Anonymous

The CERTs 2011 Clean Energy Convergence will unite Minnesotans who are blazing the paths to a clean energy future by working on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in their communities. You can learn, connect, and act with CERTs and 600 engaged community members on February 2-3, 2011 in Saint Cloud, Minnesota.

CERTs 2011 Clean Energy Convergence

Windustry Awarded USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant to develop a Small Wind Bulk-Buy program

October 29, 2010 - 1:23pm -- Anonymous

USDA

Windustry was recently awarded a $275,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development office.

Windustry gained the support of the USDA in 2009 to launch a national Landowner Wind Energy Association Resource Center to technical support to rural communities seeking to develop community owned wind energy projects. The Center has been conducting feasibility studies to develop rural wind energy projects Montana, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Drexel University Commits to 100 Percent Clean, Renewable Wind Energy

October 11, 2010 - 11:46am -- Anonymous

(PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 7) Drexel University announced it will purchase Renewable Energy Certificates equal to 100 percent of its energy use, ensuring that 84,268 megawatt hours of electricity will be matched annually with wind energy entering the electricity grid.

This purchase will place Drexel among the top five university purchasers in the nation, according to the current Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership rankings.

The Renewable Energy Credits will be supplied by renewable energy marketer and developer Community Energy.

E3 2010

October 5, 2010 - 3:46pm -- Anonymous

USDA Windustry is pleased to support E3 2010, a conference presented by The University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment.

Counties Investing in Green Strategies according to NACo Survey

September 28, 2010 - 11:42am -- Anonymous

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Driven by finding ways to reduce the cost of running local government, the nation's counties are implementing innovative green government strategies and say they have seen cost‐savings as a result, according to a new survey from the National Association of Counties (NACo).

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