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Things are looking up for Fire Cat Solar


Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Canton Home & Garden

Shawn Bangs, owner of Fire Cat Solar of Canton, Minn., stands with his sons Garrett and Tyson next to one of the Fire Cat Solar business trucks. Photo by Barb Jeffers

By Barb Jeffers

Business is heating up for Shawn Bangs and his company, Fire Cat Solar, LLC, located in Canton, Minn. As solar energy becomes more popular, Fire Cat Solar is there to help the average person not only understand how the process works but to make the process an easy one.

Bangs, who became an electrical contractor in 1995, has owned and operated Bangs Electric for over 20 years and has expertise in commercial, residential and agricultural fields. As a master electrician, Bangs is required to complete 16 hours of continuing education every two years. While attending these classes he learned about solar energy and “realized a need” for installers.

Fire Cat Solar, which Bangs started in November of 2015, is a subdivision of Bangs Electric, LLC. After installing his first solar energy system in 2013, Fire Cat Solar has completed many others both large and small.

Many of his jobs have been in Goodhue County in Minnesota and as he is licensed in both Minnesota and Iowa, he has completed systems in northern Iowa also.

Bonfe’s Auto Service & Body Repair in St. Paul, Minn., and Sargent’s Nursery, Inc. in Redwing, Minn., are just two of the impressive and professional jobs completed by Fire Cat Solar.

There are many rewards associated with using solar energy, including lowering utility bills and lessening your carbon footprint.

There are grants and tax incentives available for solar panel installation and Fire Cat Solar is able to help customers receive them.

“We take our customers through it, so if the customer wants to apply for any of the grants, we can line our customers up with a grant writer,” says Bangs, noting that there are USDA grants available. This is only the beginning of the service that the company provides.

“We take care of the interconnection agreement between the electric coop or utility company” and “will take care of the building permits and electrical permits,” as well, says Bangs. From there Fire Cat Solar will design and build the system.

Mike Woodley, director of sales for Fire Cat Solar with years of energy experience, has been with the business approximately one year and is a valuable asset to the company. Bangs and Woodley met through associates after word traveled in the business of Bangs designing, manufacturing, and installing an enclosure to contain the wires i .....
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Home repair loans and grants available

Fri, Aug 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Home & Garden

With warmer weather upon us, USDA Rural Development is gearing up to help local homeowners finance home improvements through low-interest loans and grants. “Now is a good time for homeowners to evaluate the need for necessary repairs or replacem ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 7.18.16

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Preston Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator The Fillmore County Fair will be held from July 19 through July 24. A great number of Fillmore County residents attend the fair and hundreds participate by exhibiting 4-H and open class projec ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in All Home & Garden

Fillmore County residents contact me by phone, e-mail, or in person, with questions they have concerning recycling. Some of these questions are asked quite frequently. Today I will answer several of them and others will appear in another article ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in All Home & Garden

About 40% of Minnesota garbage is organic waste, and much of this making up your landfill garbage is quite compostable right in your own back yard. But, why would you want to compost your garbage? Well, perhaps it is fun, perhaps it is relatively ..... 
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Operation Round Up grants $4,100 to local causes

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Home & Garden

RUSHFORD, MN, March 14, 2016 — Tri-County Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Trust Board met on February 26 and elected to donate $4,100 to the following worthy organizations: • $1,100, Goodview Elementary School, for Engino model set ..... 
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Harmony Public Library/Harmony Community Garden plots available

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Home & Garden

The Harmony Community Garden is now accepting applications for their 2016 gardening season. Four by eight-foot raised bed plots are available for $20 for the first plot, and $10 for additional plots. Eight 2x8-foot wheelchair or standing plots are a ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in All Home & Garden

This is the first of three articles concerning the three most common beverage containers and some information on how they are produced as well as why we perhaps prefer one, rather than the others. The three types of recyclable containers are, as yo ..... 
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BOM is the bomb in Harmony

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in Harmony Home & Garden

Boutique on Main, otherwise known as BOM, is one of the newest and neatest shops located on the main street of Harmony, Minn. Katie Lewis and Kelly Grabau have loved doing different types of crafts for several years and spent many weekends at cr ..... 
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