ECE Renewable Energy Tour

Friday, July 3rd, 2009 at 5:08 am

BRAHAM, MN-Wind turbines and solar panels have become the hallmarks of renewable energy, but electricity can be produced from many naturally replenished sources, including recycled garbage.

An East Central Energy (ECE) tour on Wednesday, August 12 will give members the opportunity to explore a variety of renewable energy sources in just a few stops. The cost is only $10 per person, which includes lunch.

The group will visit the Great River Energy (GRE) headquarters building in Maple Grove, MN. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the building its Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification, the highest designation available to buildings that demonstrate energy efficiency and sustainability. In addition to its own wind turbine, the building features rooftop solar photovoltaic panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system and even captures rainwater to use for flushing toilets and irrigation.

Participants will tour GRE’s Elk River Station in Elk River, MN, which uses refused-derived fuel (recycled garbage) to produce energy. The Elk River Resource Recovery Center and the Elk River Landfill are the other tour venues.

For more information, or to sign up for the renewable energy tour, ECE members may contact Communications and Marketing Manager Jennifer Veeser at 1-800-254-7944, ext. 8019. Please call as soon as possible. Space is limited.

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