Fwd: Northfield area solar energy opportunity
From: Mary Jo Cristofaro (mjcristofarogmail.com)
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2014 16:34:27 -0800 (PST)

Dear concerned friend:
Want to generate solar energy here in the Northfield area as you use electricity even if you are a renter or someone unable or challenged by putting solar on your own establishment? A state law passed last year allowing Community Solar Gardens and the efforts of Northfield Area Community Solar (NACS) have now made this possible right here in the Northfield area! It’s a great way to reduce carbon emissions. Subscribe to leaves for the Holiday instead of coal.

There are many ways to learn more. Come December 28 at 7 p.m. to the Just Food Co-op community room, 515 Water St. for"Lets talk turkey about community solar” informational meeting. (With another one there Jan 12 at 7 p.m. and one Jan 26, 7:30 a.m. at the Tandem Bagels community room, 317 Division.) Learn more at NACS's and or start the process of a subscription by going to mncommunitysolar.com/northfield Ask questions via the Northfield Area Community Solar e-mail address at nacsolargarden [at] gmail.com  (and like us on Facebook).

You just need to live or have a business in Rice or one of its adjacent counties with an Xcel meter you pay. You subscribe to 25 years of electricity at a set rate at as small an amount as a leaf (half of a solar panel) or up to 120% of your average yearly electrical usage.

As your leaves generate electricity, you get the credit for that electricity on your monthly bill. It's calculated that within about 18 years those credits equal your initial payment and the additional approximately 7 years will be credit beyond your initial payment.

Want to explore the subscription process? Go to the Northfield Area Community Solar page of the Minnesota Community Solar website.

In recent Star Trib articles, Xcel says that the sudden application for solar gardens has been surprising them. They expect these to generate the equivalent of a midsize power plant by 2015. Northfield's will be one of the first. You can subscribe and make truly clean energy so Xcel won't need to replace all of its 4 aging coal-fired plants nearing their last years of service.

The choice below can now be ours with future generations' and not just stockholders' interests in mind. Communities will be generating solar electricity in "gardens" throughout the state.

Mary Jo Cristofaro


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