North Dakotans of all shapes and sizes enjoyed NDARE’s Renewable Energy Day at the ND Capitol on Thursday. It was fun filling out the maximum number of 13 booths with diverse companies all working together to make ND #1 for use and development of Renewables and efficiency.
Thanks to NDARE member Gate City’s generosity, we passed out hundreds reusable grocery totes to legislators, visitors and at least 3 different school classes that came by for a tour. They were smiling and it was heartwarming seeing all those kids bringing their reusable totes home.
NDARE held our annual meeting at the new Bismarck State University Energy Center building. It is constructed as a LEEDs equivalent building that saves energy using geothermal and lots of natural light.
NDARE members touring the BSC Energy Center. Students can simulate energy operations online using some of these tools. That’s Kim Christianson the Director of the Great Plains Energy Corridor in the blue shirt and tan pants. Thanks to Kim and BSC VP Kari Knudson for their hospitality and good work promoting home grown energy in ND.
Here’s some of us promoting renewable energy and conservation in the state capitol at NDARE’s Renewable Energy Day Thursday. Congratulations to my friend Mindi Grieve (center), this years newly elected NDARE president. She’s a charter member of the NDREP that was restructured into the ND Alliance for Renewable Energy
This is Dennis from Verendrye Electric near Hazen. They’ve been installing solar powered water pumps to ranchers since 1988. They’ve never had one fail or be broken by hail over that span. They just keep working and pumping without having to string powerlines out to the pasture. A little like the Mars Rovers that were projected to run for less than a year and are still going strong after 5 years.
Thanks to Dennis and Dale of the USDA for all the great work they do to help farmers and smaller towns make better use of our renewable resources and conserving energy and water.
Laurie Fugere and friend are big supporters of renewable energy and conservation. Laurie has helped establish a electronic recycling program for the capitol that can also help other government offices, businesses, and towns reuse components and materials that used to be wasted.