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Solar Energy Anoka MN

Each house was judged on 10 criteria to determine which most efficiently employed solar energy for heating, cooling, hot water, lights, appliances and even charging an electric car in Anoka.

Minnesota Renewable Energy Society
(612) 963-4757
2928 5th Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN
 
Arrowhead Energy and Comfort Solutions
(218) 590-9000
379 Erkkila Rd
Esko, MN
Services
Energy auditing and blower door testing

IGI INC
(651) 354-2913
625 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN
Services
We supply, design, install solar electric,solar heating, cooling systems.

American Resource & Energy
651-330-1263 ext 28
413 Wacouta Street
Saint Paul, MN
Services
Wind Turbine Towers, Tower Raising Systems, Portable Foundation Systems, Micro Turbine Applications, Educational Systems, Hybrid Lighting Systems, Custom wind tower solutions for turbines 100kW and below

Abundant Resources Inc
(763) 557-6334
15655 40th Ave N
Minneapolis, MN
 
Pro Energy Consultants
(651) 233-2085
1670 Robert St S #295
St Paul, MN
Services
Home Energy Audits

GeoPro4u, Wind, Solar, Hydrogen, Geothermal
(507) 252-1213
8659 43rd AV
Stewartville, MN
Services
Geothermal, Solar, Wind

IGI INC
(651) 354-2913
625 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN
Services
We supply, design, install solar electric,solar heating, cooling systems.

Solar Connection Inc.
(507) 292-8400
907 11th St SW
Rochester, MN
Services
Solar system design and installation

Center For Energy and Environment
(612) 335-5885
324 S 5th St
Minneapolis, MN
 

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Solar homes showed a lot of promise during the 1970s, when energy prices skyrocketed and people were scrambling to find more efficient and effective ways to heat and power their homes. But when those prices leveled off and even went down, we as a country forgot a lot of the lessons solar technology taught us.

Perhaps now things are beginning to swing back the other way. As evidence, check out the recent Solar Decathlon sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and held in Washington. There student architects and engineers from 14 universities competed with each other to build homes that were not only energy efficient, but also aesthetically pleasing and feasible under real-world conditions. Each house was limited to 500 square feet for competition purposes, and to allow them all to fit on the grounds of the National Mall.

The University of Colorado won with a bungalow-style home that uses up to 85 percent less energy than a conventional home of the same size. The home's design was based on three modules (basic, spec and core) which can be combined in different ways to accommodate varying budgets, climates and building sites without sacrificing visual appeal. The idea is to make this process readily available and repeatable for production purposes. Each house was judged on 10 criteria to determine which most efficiently employed solar energy for heating, cooling, hot water, lights, appliances and even charging an electric car. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham says, "This contest proves that solar energy is practical today.

It is affordable, livable and attractive." For more information on the contest, floor plans and photos of all entrants, visit www.eren.doe.gov/solar_decathalon.

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