Consumption vs. Production
This graph shows all renewable energy activity at the DNR.
Renewable Energy for Power
Right now, 31 DNR facilities are generating electrical power with solar and wind installations. In total, the DNR’s renewable energy systems are expected to produce over 714,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) annually.
What's a kWh?
A kilowatt hour is a way of measuring how much electrical energy is generated or used. It's equal to one kilowatt of electrical power expended for an hour. For example, a large flat-screen TV can use 500 kWh hours in a year – as much as a refrigerator. On the other hand, charging your smartphone uses about 1.5 kWh a year. The estimated 450,000 kWh per year generated by the DNR's renewable energy installations is enough to power more than 23 homes.
Renewable Energy for Heat
Two DNR facilities use passive solar thermal systems for heating water, which significantly reduces costs and emissions.
Education and Action
These DNR energy actions also provide opportunities for educating the public about renewable energy and energy conservation, and about the actions individuals and businesses can do themselves.
Seven of our renewable energy sites were funded by a grant from Xcel Energy. Additional funding comes from a Legacy Grant Program provided by the Minnesota Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment. Renewable energy systems on new DNR buildings can also be funded by state bonding dollars.
With commitment, creativity, and new technologies, the DNR continues to make its facilities sustainable and energy-smart.