NCF wins solar energy grant

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Kevin Walker of Northcountry Cooperative Foundation reports that the organization has landed a grant to support its work introducing and expanding community solar to Minnesota resident-owned communities.

Walker said the grant will fund:

  • Further development of a best-practices request for proposals for ROCs to pursue community solar projects;
  • A cost-benefit macro for ROCs to explore siting of community solar on their sites; and,
  • Creation of a crowd funding portal for solicitation of subscriptions, debt, and equity investments in cooperatively owned community solar.

The grant comes from the Carolyn Foundation, who vision is to improve the lives of children, families, communities and the environment through the involvement of successive generations of the family of Carolyn McKnight Christian. Based in Minneapolis, they make community grants in New Haven, Conn., and Minneapolis. Environmental grants are made in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin to mitigate climate change.

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