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Two new Neighborhood Energy Challenge dates just announced!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Sign up now for a neighborhood Energy Challenge workshop on Monday, September 17 or Monday, October 15. Learn how you can save energy in your home and how to be more efficient with the energy that you need.

Click here for more information or to sign up today!

Make Mine Solar Program Workshop July 24

Friday, July 20th, 2012

On Tuesday, July 24, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) will host a workshop at Cascade Meadow on their Solar Hot Water/Air Heat Group Purchasing Program, Make Mine Solar.  Participants will learn the basics of energy efficiency, solar hot water and solar air heat technology, how the group purchase program works, rebates, incentives and financing.

Everyone will get a chance to meet the installers and talk to them one on one about their project. It is recommended participants get a site assessment before the workshop so they can bring it along to demonstrate their site better to the installers.

Visit the MRES website for more information and to register.

New Neighborhood Energy Challenge Date Just Announced!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Neighborhood Energy Challenge

– Monday, August 13, 6:30 p.m.
– Bamber Valley Elementary School
– Contact Ashlee Robertson at 888.734.6365 or email at

Click for more details

RPU Sponsored Community Education Classes Available

Friday, March 9th, 2012

RPU is sponsoring two community education classes covering geothermal heating and cooling and smart grid. Class sizes are limited so make sure to sign up today!


Registration can be made by calling 507.328.4000 or on the Rochester Community Education website.

Residential Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Whether you are building a new home or considering a new heating and cooling system for your present one, consider the economic and environmental advantages of geothermal technology. It is the world’s most advanced, most cost-effective heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system for new or existing homes. This class will provide you with geothermal basics: what it does and how it works. It uses the ground as a heating and cooling source-learn how. Geothermal heating and cooling systems can provide greater comfort and energy savings. Find out information on federal tax credits and Rochester Public Utilities’ installation incentives. Cosponsored with Rochester Public Utilities (RPU). Instructor: Arnie Lorimor


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

6:30-8:30 p.m.


What is the Smart Grid and What Does it Mean

The term “Smart Grid” was created after a major blackout occurred in the Northeastern United States in August 2003. Analysis revealed that if additional intelligence about grid conditions had been more widely known earlier, the extent of the blackout could have been reduced, if not avoided altogether. This overview will provide you with an understanding of our current grid, the goal of Smart Grid, new terminology, and what does Smart Grid mean for you as customers and Rochester Public Utilities (RPU). Cosponsored with Rochester Public Utilities. Instructors: Rochester Public Utilities Staff

Additional Neighborhood Energy Challenge dates announced

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Additional dates for the Neighborhood Energy Challenge have been announced. There will be a workshop held on November 15 and December 5.

The Neighborhood Energy Challenge is a new full-service residential energy audit program for Rochester residents.

Click for more information and to sign-up

Space is limited.