Xcel Energy’s Solar Rewards program is tapped out for 2011 projects! The winds keep shifting in Minnesota’s solar incentives, however $3 Million of the Made in Minnesota Rebate and a Federal Rebate remains available. Xcel officials told a group of local solar installers on Monday that the utility’s main incentive program, its Solar Rewards rebate, had depleted its $4.6 million allocation and would not be available to subsidize additional home or business installations this year. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get bids on solar projects – rather, to best capitalize on all the incentives you’ll just have to utilize made in Minnesota products such as tenKsolar and Silicon Energy. We’ll be here for you at 3Bids!
GAF Timberline developed a new roofing shingle that provides home energy savings that is energy star rated and is tax credit eligible. The Cool Series shingles provide a highly reflective granule within the shingle to reflect light to help reduce the temperature in your attic so that your home can stay cooler in the summer and help reduce on air conditioning costs, therefore making your home more energy efficient. Take advantage of this product now and save on your cooling costs this summer. Take a look at the link below for more information on this great new roofing product. We proudly serve the Minneapolis, St. Paul, Twin Cities area.
The Department of Energy and the Department of the Interior today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 will be held at the National Mall's West Potomac Park, on the banks of the Potomac River along the path between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Specifically, the event will be held on the peninsula just south of the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial—scheduled to open in August of this year—between the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Potomac River. The Decathlon will begin in late September as originally scheduled.
Minneapolis - Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 24, 2010 – 3BIDS, LLC (www.3-Bids.com) has announced a new competitive bidding service for home and business improvement projects that will save time and money. Twin Cities’ property owners can now work with one company to receive a minimum of three individual estimates from local competing contractors on roofing, siding, windows and energy efficiency projects. 3Bids is pioneering the “Improvement Advocacy” industry by connecting clients with local grants, loans, quality products and pre-screened contractors.
Free DOE energy modeling tools help cut energy use on residential and commercial buildings. Find it HERE The National Renewable Energy Laboratory worked withe the Department of Energy to produce the EnergyPlus program - a whole building energy simulation program that engineers, architects, and researchers use to model energy and water use in buildings. Modeling the performance of a building with EnergyPlus enables building professionals to optimize the building design to use less energy and water.
A facelift on older facilites or what is now being called 'reskinning' exteriors helps buildings be 'more efficient' and 'more beautiful,' advocates say
The City of Apple Valley has teamed up with Dakota Electric, CenterPoint Energy and the Center for Energy and Environment through grants from the Joyce Foundation and the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund to offer Apple Valley homeowners this full service residential energy program, be. (better energy) Apple Valley. The be. Apple Valley program is designed to help Apple Valley homeowners improve their homes by reducing their energy use and saving money at the same time.
Recovery Through Retrofit will make it easy for middle-class homeowners to learn what efficiency upgrades their homes need, and then get financing to make the improvements. One of the program’s cornerstones is the Home Energy Score, which Energy Secretary Steven Chu said will help standardize home energy audits.
Minneapolis and Saint Paul residents who first attend a free home energy workshop and then receive a home visit from the NEC or the Center for Energy and Environment can qualify for up to $650 in rebates for insulation, air sealing, and heating system improvements. Start with a workshop and end with the cash! Saint Paul residents can find a workshop listed below. Minneapolis residents visit
Air Sealing/Weatherstripping: $60.00