ALBERT LEA, Minn.- Senator Al Franken and his staff are making their way through southern Minnesota the next couple of days to check on how local businesses are reducing energy. On Tuesday, Franken’s staff made a stop at Olson Manufacturing to check out their solar panels.
It’s part of the Senator’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Tour. It’s a way for the state officials to hear from local farmers and businesses about the impact they’re seeing when it comes the energy investments they offer.
Franken sits on the Senate Energy Committee Board and these visits will support his efforts to improve energy resources.
“He’s always made sure that the rural policy is a part of energy security,” said Paula Sunde, Agriculture/Energy Field Representative. “We’re here to see if we can implement, expand or address challenges when the next farm bill comes up.”
Olson Manufacturing offers solar panels to reduce energy costs.