The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that solar energy is safely and effectively accessible to communities of all income levels. Heated soil and high tunnels have been proven to increase Minnesota’s growing season, however, the effects of using solar thermal energy to transfer that heat is less known. RREAL has installed monitoring equipment at two high tunnel production sites in rural Crow Wing County and is working with the farmers, who grow the same crops in each of the tunnels and document their production. A graduate assistant is needed to analyze the data from the equipment. RREAL plans to develop a solar thermal high tunnel sizing calculator based on the data collected.
Prepared in partnership with the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance by the Community Assistantship Program (CAP), which is administered by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota.
Extending the Minnesota Growing Season with Solar Heated High Tunnels.
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