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Published March 08, 2012, 10:59 PM

City of Fargo researching alternative energy options

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - What if you could reduce your energy bill using a natural resource? The City of Fargo's Renewable Energy and Conservation Committee is trying to do just that.

What if you could reduce your energy bill using a natural resource? The City of Fargo's Renewable Energy and Conservation Committee is trying to do just that.

While the upper Midwest is known for its cold climate, experts say we still have plenty of sunny days and we need to tap into that solar energy.

Jason Edens – Rural Renewable Energy Alliance: "Unlike other investments, it actually appreciates overtime because if natural gas or electricity go up at a rate of two percent per annum, than the value of your investment is also going up."

Those investments include everything from converting the sun's radiation into electricity to using solar thermal systems to heat water, but solar energy-which heats the air-really captured the attention of city officials.

Mike Williams – Fargo City Commissioner: "Instead of having to treat 20 degree air today, it might heat it up to 60 degrees, then your furnace only has to heat 10 degrees so that's a big savings."

The city is still looking into the different types of solar power, how much they would cost and which buildings they would be compatible with. No plans are set in stone; officials are simply thinking about the future.

Jason Edens: "Fossil fuels are a finite resource so in order to continue to provide energy for our homes, our businesses, our communities; we need to have an alternative."

Solar power and wind energy is already being created at Fargo's landfill. Methane gas is also collected there and sold to Cargill.

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