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RenewableRays project a shining success


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Progress Edition

Tri-County Electric expanded their business into solar energy. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner



As the bandwagon for renewable energy rolls on, energy cooperatives are joining in the efforts, despite not being afforded the same tax breaks as private energy firms. By and large, solar arrays, dubbed “gardens,” are popping up not just in large cities, but are quickly emerging in rural communities like Rushford Village.

At the headquarters for Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC), situated between Highways 16 and 30 in the Village, a 180-unit solar garden shimmers in the sun just west of the facility. The cooperative’s 25 acre site is an ideal location for the units and has drawn much enthusiasm from cooperative members, as well as the public. The first solar garden in the area, the project was initially designed for just half the size of the final system, but shortly after the project was announced, the units sold out. “The TEC Board at that time authorized us to almost double the size of the project,” notes Ted Kjos, Vice President of Marketing and External Relations. “The members have responded in kind with 86% of the total units subscribed at this time.”

The successful solar model is now being utilized by cooperatives across the country. “TEC definitely views the program as a very positive step,” continues Kjos. “The reason for the project in the first place was to offer members who have a strong interest in renewable energy an option to purchase locally produced electric energy to offset some or all of their electrical needs.”

The road to solar energy production wasn’t necessarily a smooth one, however. “It wasn’t an easy process to get to where we are today,” stated TEC President and CEO Brian Krambeer in the official ribbon cutting last September. “There were many discussions, meetings and paperwork to create a business model for a non-profit utility like ours to offer community solar to our members.”

Due to legislation, TEC noted problems making a community solar project appealing to participating members. “The TEC Board of Directors and Advisory Committee challenged management to work with others to pave a way for the cooperative to own a project like Renewable Rays. We believed that members would be more interested in this project if it were owned by us, a company they know and trust, instead of a third party that offered no previous relationship,” added Krambeer.

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Rushford Village discusses proposed rate hike

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

While the Tuesday, January 20 Rushford Village Council meeting was brief, the Council managed to get in plenty of discussion over a City of Rushford sewer rate hike, which will lead to increases for some Village residents. Mayor Gordon Johnson, Co ..... 
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Despite chill, skating event draws big numbers

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Social Scenes

The ice is one of Minnesotan’s great loves and although the Rushford Peterson Valley may be home to the mighty, mighty Trojans, there aren’t trophies and pennants for hockey or ice skating lining the school halls… yet. Years ago, the communi ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approves bond sale

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

A special meeting of the Rushford-Peterson School Board was called Thursday, January 15 for the purpose of adopting a debt compliance policy and to approve the sale of bonds. All members of the board were present, including new directors Joyce Ivers ..... 
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Rushford Village sets annual designations; goals

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The first Rushford Village meeting lasted just 24 minutes before the council moved to closed session. Absent were Mayor Gordon Johnson and councilor Chad Rasmussen. 2015 kicked off with the standard annual housekeeping: determining committees, boa ..... 
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Juried High School Art Show opens January 10

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Lanesboro Arts will present the Annual Juried High School Art Show, showcasing work by 9-12th grade students from Chatfield, Fillmore Central, Lanesboro, and Rushford-Peterson High Schools. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, January 10 fro ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson responds to concerns; renews superintendent contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Due to time constraints at the December 17 school board meeting, a special meeting was called December 22. The meeting was well attended by the public, as was the previous meeting, with more than 20 citizens waiting to hear the district’s respon ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Not just a ‘New’ Year

By Jeremiah Munson


Most people are aware of and participate in the tradition of a “New Year’s Resolution.” Whether you want to exercise more, spend more time with your family, or be a little more adventurous, New Year’s resolutions can cover just about every ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson faces tough questions on new school issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Talk moves swiftly in tight-knit communities and recent rumblings over potential problems with Rushford-Peterson’s New School Initiative, and the subsequent referendum, led more than 55 citizens to pack into the high school biology room for the ..... 
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