Hopes For a Local High-Tech Garden

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Moorhead Public Service wants to help the community save money on their electric bills.
MPS is in the process of creating a Community Solar Garden where the public can buy solar panels to generate use for electricity.

If at least 33 people decide to buy a license for one of the solar panels, then construction will start this summer between the MPS’s turbines off of 34th Street in Moorhead.

To gain a license for one of the panels, it’ll cost a one-time fee of 480 dollars.

The energy is measured by kilowatts, so the more that is produced, the more money you will be back at the end of the year.

And according to officials, starting off, you could save 40 dollars a year on electric bill.

Energy Service Manager Dennis Eisenbraun said, “You’re doing something to help promote renewable energy, which has long term energy consequences for everyone and also the inflation proofing your utility bill for the end of the year for the amount these solar energy panels produce for twenty years.”

MPS is shooting for 66 license holders, and one Moorhead man who bought a panel, says everyone should get on board with the solar garden.

Moorhead’s David Givers said,”It’s important to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and science is pretty clear as to what’s happening to us climatically and this is a first step for me to be able to do that.”

One of the neat things about the garden is there will be no fencing around the panels so you can get up close and personal with your investment.

So far 12 licenses have been sold, but 33 must be sold for the project to move forward.

Call the MPS at 218.477.8000 on how to purchase a license.

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