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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

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.