Electric consumers have embraced renewable energy - "green power" - programs throughout the country. Members of the Dairyland Power Cooperative (link is external) (Dairlyland), like Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services (FMCS), are equally enthusiastic about the Evergreen program, launched in 1998, with several new renewable energy initiatives.
This program was created for electric cooperative members like you. FMCS distributes the renewable energy to participants of the Evergreen program. You can voluntarily support green energy through this program by paying only slightly more than you normally would each month for your electricity. For each 100 kWh block of renewable energy that you sign up for, $1.00 will be added to your monthly electric bill.
What forms of renewable energy make up Evergreen? Read on for an overview of the generation resources that help power your home and business.
WIND & SOLAR
Probably the most well-known type of renewable energy is wind. Dairyland initially invested in wind during the 1990s with a one-third interest in a wind turbine farm in Chandler, Minn. This participation launched the Evergreen program. The Chandler farm continues to provide 2 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy, enough to power the homes of nearly 600 members.
Since then, Dairyland has greatly expanded its wind investment. In October 2003, Dairyland contracted for wind energy output from the G. McNeilus Wind Farm (Adams, Minn.) and in March 2004 doubled its participation in the wind farm. This growing partnership nets 16.5 MW of renewable energy - enough to power 4,800 residential homes in the Dairyland cooperative system.