NEW LONDON -- Adding solar thermal panels to the Little Theatre in New London, and building an energy-efficient Habitat for Humanity home in Montevideo are among local projects obtaining funding support from the Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams.
The teams announced the awarding of $280,000 in grants for 55 renewable energy and energy conservation projects across the state.
There were 122 proposals seeking funds of up to $11,000 per project.
In the west central area, these local projects were awarded funds:
- The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center will receive $5,000 toward a project to add 12 solar water panels to the maintenance building to help heat the building without the use of fossil fuels.
- The Greater Milan Initiative will host workshops to inform Milan area residents on how they can reduce energy use and costs and document energy savings with help from a $5,000 grant.
- Clean Up the River Environment will benefit from a $10,000 grant toward a project involving Montevideo High School students, Habitat for Humanity and community volunteers building a energy-efficient home using geothermal heat.
- The Youth Energy Summit team in New London will receive $5,000 toward their work to build and install solar thermal panels to help reduce heating costs at the Little Theatre by 50 percent.
- The University of Minnesota-Morris will also obtain $3,750 for thermal solar panels being installed to help heat the indoor community swimming pool at the Regional Fitness Center.