Mower County gets educated on Solar Energy


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AUSTIN, MN – Solar energy was a hot topic at the 6th annual Re-Fest at the Mower County Fairground on Saturday.

Tom Karas, the territory manager for Harvest Energy Solution, set up shop at the event to educate people about how valuable solar energy can be.

“We primarily are interfacing with the agricultural community,” Karas said. “We spend a lot of time in turkey and hog barns because they have high ventilation requirements and that’s a lot of kilowatt hours.”

Tom believes that incorporating solar energy into agricultural work will be helpful in the long-run for farmers because it will help them cut down on a lot of their utility expenses.

The use of solar energy will be on the rise for a lot of companies in Minnesota thanks to the solar legislation that was passed in May.

The bill says that utility companies are required to get 1.5% of their power from the sun and Tom is looking forward to see what this legislation will do to the popularity of solar panels.

“The farmers in the community, the more that we can support them in buying their products but also the more we help them avoid some expense will help everybody,” Karas said.

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