Category Archives: Pollinators

ECE first to receive pollinator certificate

One of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives was recently named the first electric cooperative—and the first applicant from the energy sector—to receive a Certificate of Inclusion into the monarch butterfly Candidate Conservation Agreement with the Assurances (CCAA). The CCAA program encourages transportation and energy partners to get involved in monarch conservation by providing and […]

Wright-Hennepin plants pollinator habitat

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) recently seeded a native planting at its Rockford, Minnesota, headquarters. The planting is located on 1.25 acres of land in front of two WH solar communities. The property will soon provide habitat for pollinators such as birds, bees and butterflies. Minnesota Native Landscapes, based in Otsego, Minnesota, prepped the site […]

Homes for bees, butterflies create sustainable habitats

National Pollinator Week, recognized from June 22-26, celebrates the humble bees, butterflies, bats and other bugs that pollinate and support more than 70% of the world’s crops. Great River Energy and other electric cooperatives are among the many organizations that have played a role in re-establishing native habitat for these important species. Great River Energy […]

East Central Energy celebrates new solar array

A new 2-megawatt solar array built for East Central Energy (ECE) members demonstrates the cooperative’s commitment to renewable energy. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last month at the array’s 15-acre site in Cambridge, Minnesota. ECE staff and directors welcomed Cambridge city officials, members of the North 65 Chamber of Commerce, representatives from Great River Energy […]

The bees’ knees of habitats created for pollinators

National Pollinator Week, recognized from June 17-21, celebrates the humble bees, butterflies, bats and other bugs that pollinate and help more than 70 percent of the world’s crops. Electric cooperatives are among the many organizations that have focused on the plight of these pollinators and have done their part to re-establish their native habitat. Great […]

Bees, butterflies flutter for National Pollinator Week

Pollinators such as bees and butterflies have made their home at Great River Energy’s Elk River campus. Three years ago, Great River Energy began preparations to plant prairie on its 9-acre plot of land outside of its Elk River campus facility. The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Elk River Energy City partnered with Great River […]

Connexus makes solar sweeter

Solar array hosts Bolton Bees’ apiary Connexus Energy’s pollinator-friendly community solar garden is not only generating renewable energy, it is also producing honey. Bolton Bees installed 15 beehives at Connexus Energy’s SolarWise garden in Ramsey, Minn., and has managed and expanded the hives throughout the summer. “We believe our SolarWise solar garden is the first […]

Bees, butterflies to find a sweet home in Elk River

Ten years ago the U.S. Senate unanimously approved and designated a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” to address the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. National Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. “We rely on pollinators for […]