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Solar Power Garden in Cottage Grove

District 833 in Minnesota encompasses Cottage Grove, Newport, Woodbury, Grey Cloud Island, Afton, St. Paul, and Denmark. Recently, the University of Minnesota's Center for Sustainable Building Research recognized District 833 as a sustainability leader!

In fact, the city of Cottage Grove can expect a solar power garden to be built soon. The 'garden' will take up about 36 acres in an 80 acre site with trees surrounding it so as to block the view for home owners near by. Additionally, for safety purposes, there will be a fence surrounding the panels as well. Home owners and local businesses can purchase a share of energy through Xcel Energy who will buy electricity from the solar garden. (Click here for the full story written by the SWC Bulletin)

But, what are the benefits of solar power?

1. You can save THOUSANDS of dollars on your electricity bill

2. It is environmentally friendly

3. Having a solar garden in your community actually increases home value

4. Tax incentives

5. Access to energy from the solar garden is EASY to purchase and utilize


Why should you care?

People are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious. Therefore, you could potentially sell your home more quickly and at a higher price if there is a community solar garden. Additionally, using solar power helps the environment by reducing dependence on harmful and quickly diminishing fossil fuel. It also reduces the impact on your wallet. According to SunShare (another solar company), homeowners could save up to $500 on their electricity bill! Lastly, there are usually tax incentives that benefit home owners who purchase energy from the garden. Check with your local or state government for further information on tax incentives.