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Success Stories


Stories that showcase energy savings and job creation related to efficiency, clean energy, and weatherization projects.

Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Grant Enables Skating Rink Upgrade in Elk River
An EECBG grant funded by ARRA allowed Elk River to make energy-saving improvements to its ice arena and save big money at the same time.

Project Re-Energize is Model Program
A $3 million energy-efficiency rebate program created a win-win situation: It saved homeowners energy and money and generated jobs for the residential construction industry.

Energy Saver Program Improves Wright Residence
The Energy Saver Rebate Program combined with Minnesota Housing’s Fix-Up Fund Loan Program allowed more than 1,400 homeowners to make $16 million in energy-efficient home improvements.

Solar

Solar: Hot Water for Apartments 
The Wellstone Apartments in Minneapolis installed a solar hot water system with help from the Minnesota Solar Hot Water Rebate Program.

Tribe Combines Solar and Weatherization
A renewable energy grant helped provide solar energy to a residence at Fond du Lac Reservation and break the “renewable energy divide.”

State Solar Electric Rebate Program Reaches Out to Businesses
The State Solar Electric Rebate Program provided the incentive for a Redwood Falls, Minn., business to install a 5.52 kW solar electric system. More than 260 residences and businesses took advantage of the $2.5 million ARRA-funded program.

Piragis is Solar Powered
Piragis Northwoods Co. of Ely took advantage of state rebates to install solar electric and solar hot water systems. Piragis serves as a clean-energy model for its community.

Solar Pioneer Touts Conservation
A Minneapolis resident was an early adopter of solar energy who measures his payback more in reducing his carbon footprint than in increasing his financial benefit.

Weatherization

Weatherization Lowers Heat Costs
A North Minneapolis couple was tremendously grateful for receiving more than $7,000 in much-needed improvements provided to their home, thanks to weatherization assistance.

Weatherization: Delivers Economic Boost
The ARRA-funded Weatherization Assistance Program created work for contractors in central Minnesota and the prospect for increased weatherization work in the future.

Weatherization: Improvements to Monahan Residence
This home on the Fond du Lac Reservation had its heat losses reduced as a result of the state's Weatherization Assistance Program. This project was ARRA funded.

Jobs+Energy Savings=Success
Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties was one of 32 local service providers to quickly ramp up its efforts to meet the demand for weatherization assistance. ARRA funds increased the opportunities for low-income households.

Tribe Combines Solar and Weatherization
A renewable energy grant helped provide solar energy to a residence at Fond du Lac Reservation and break the “renewable energy divide.”