Minnesota “Solar Gardens”: A Model for Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, and Elsewhere?

Minnesota is the fourth state that I have now biked through and they are heavily invested into solar energy facilities — there are dozens and dozens of solar sites located along the exurbs of the Twin Cities region (i.e., energy in close proximity to the users).  Much of this investment stems from the “Solar Garden” … More Minnesota “Solar Gardens”: A Model for Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, and Elsewhere?

Should We “Mine” or “Grow” Our Energy?

Out here in the corn and soybean fields of southeastern Minnesota, I have been asked by many reporters what the advantages of solar energy are.  Some of the resulting discussion has been on variable commodity prices and uncertainty in the futures markets for corn and soybean in comparison to fixed, long-term, guaranteed lease contracts for … More Should We “Mine” or “Grow” Our Energy?

e-Powered Transport — Is the Future Here?

Happy to report that I was able to visit Bob, Alicia, and their great team at Ethos Green Power in Viroqua.  They represent one of the many small businesses that have grown over the years to provide reliable, economical, and renewable solar power system design and installation services across America.  You probably did not know … More e-Powered Transport — Is the Future Here?

Even a Federal Inmate can be “Green”

On my 99-mile day (Tuesday) through Northwest Illinois, I came across several ‘distributed’ solar energy installations.  What ‘distributed’ solar energy means is that the facility, residence, or organization is using all of the generated solar energy in-house or ‘behind the wires.’  In the below photos, you will see that you can be a federal inmate … More Even a Federal Inmate can be “Green”

What do you Bring on a 2,000-km Self-Contained Bike Trip? Part 1, Clothing

The first key is to be very efficient in clothing selection and to pick light-weight, functional, multi-wear items — every pound, every ounce counts against you in rolling resistance for each of those 2000 km.  Here is my packing list: Two pairs of biking shoes with cleats (one as backup and as a different feel … More What do you Bring on a 2,000-km Self-Contained Bike Trip? Part 1, Clothing