If you’re going to be a clean energy advocate, you’ve got to walk the walk. And that’s just what Moorhead Public Service (MPS), the municipal electric utility for Moorhead, Minn., has done. MPS installed wind turbines in 1999 and 2001 and three solar electric arrays in 2011 to demonstrate the potential of renewable energy to its residential and business customers. It also offers a renewable energy rebate of up to $1,500 per kilowatt for solar electric and wind projects.
“The solar arrays are prominently displayed for the community to see, with signage describing the system,” said Dennis Eisenbraun, energy services manager for MPS. “The idea is to show Moorhead that solar—and wind—are viable clean energy options for many residents. We want to show our customers that solar works and works well in our climate. By seeing the demonstration site and knowing how much power one array generates, they can envision how much space they would need to add solar to their homes.” Read more on the MPS demonstration project.