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Area energy projects gain CERTS funds

Students in the Montevideo High School raise a wall during early construction on the Hill Grocery House. The Habitat for Humanity home will use geothermal heat. Submitted photo
News Willmar,Minnesota 56201
West Central Tribune
Area energy projects gain CERTS funds
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

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.