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Bridging the Food-or-Energy Gap

From Yes!, March 9, 2020. Should land be used for solar panels or agriculture? The burgeoning Solar Sheep movement argues: Why not both? Lexie Hain tucks a chunk of business cards in her back pocket before bounding up to speak to a room of 75 livestock farmers. On a rain-dumping January day, they’ve driven in […]

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New program hopes to help 100 Wisconsin schools go solar

From WMTV, January 20, 2020. While students power their minds inside school, a new initiative is looking to the sun to power classrooms. Midwest Renewable Energy Association announced their Solar on Schools program on Monday. The initiative aims to help 100 Wisconsin schools go solar. The program had a soft launch involving six schools, including […]

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How ethanol plant shutdowns deepen pain for U.S. corn farmers

From Reuters, December 13, 2019. RACCOON TOWNSHIP, Ind./NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) – When the U.S. ethanol industry was booming, Indiana farmer Paul Hodgen made good money selling about a quarter of his crop to a local facility that produced the corn-based fuel. Now that plant has stopped churning out ethanol and has instead converted […]

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A bright future for Wood County?

From WAOW.com, November 21, 2019. WOOD COUNTY, Wis. (WAOW) — A new solar array at a Wood County park is the latest move in what officials said could be a very lucrative future for taxpayers. The county received gold recognition from SolSmart, an organization funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Wood County Board Chair […]

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Here’s where we should put our renewables to get the biggest carbon benefit

From Fast Company, November 12, 2019. There’s no doubt that the world needs more renewable energy infrastructure. Clean energy options like solar panels and wind turbines help both the environment, by reducing carbon emissions, and our personal health, by decreasing harmful air pollution. But with limited financial resources to invest into renewables, it pays to […]

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Mid-State brings electric vehicle charging to all campuses

From the Wisconsin Rapids City Times, November 3, 2019. WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Free electric vehicle charging is now available to the public at all Mid-State Technical College campuses in Adams, Marshfield, Stevens Point, and Wisconsin Rapids. Each electrical vehicle charging station is the first in its community. Read the article.

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Renewables could be a health boon for Great Lakes, Upper Midwest regions

From Environmental Health News, October 29, 2019. Installing more wind turbines in the Upper Midwest, and more solar panels in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic regions, would bring the largest health gains and benefits from U.S. renewable energy, according to a new Harvard University analysis. The Upper Midwest—which, in this study, spans roughly from the […]