Renewable Energy Systems at ACNW

The Audubon Center of the North Woods has made it a goal to reduce our reliance upon fossil fuels and reduce our carbon footprint. Over the years since our first renewable energy installations in 2004 (geoexchange ground source heat pump system and first photovoltaic solar arrays), we have been able to add many conservation, efficiency and renewable measures to help us get closer to that goal, and we continue our efforts towards energy independence. These improvements have been made possible thanks to the generous support and assistance from our Senators and Representatives, the Green Institute, East Central Energy, Department of Housing & Urban Development, US Department of Energy, Great River Electric, and Solar Power of Mora.

  • Download our Energy Conservation & Renewable Energy Systems brochure for a building-by-building breakdown of renewable energy systems and conservation measures
  • Click on the images below to learn more about the various renewable energy systems here at ACNW.
  • Click here to view real-time and historical energy data from our newest solar installation – a 6.15 kw solar photovoltaic array at our Barn.
It is essential to our mission, goals and education program to continually increase our energy independence and model sustainable energy systems for the community and our constituents. We hope that through our efforts we encourage others to look at what they can do in their homes, their businesses and their schools.

We all share this Earth and are connected to it and each other more intricately than we can possibly know. Whether it is for energy independence, saving money, or reducing our negative impact on this planet from the extraction and consumption of fossil fuels, sustainable energy is a topic that should be of the utmost importance to us all. A healthy future is dependent upon a healthy planet, and it is our hope that through our energy actions, we inspire others to see what they can do to help.

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