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Renewable Energy

Solar Photovoltaics

Solar is a big part of our energy picture. Currently, we have the capacity to gather 63.5KW of electric power from the sun. MAC Lodge’s goal is to be producing more energy that its residents use as part of meeting our Living Building Challenge goals.

A display in the Science Center lobby shows the real-time energy we are producing from the building’s solar panels. See how much the Science Center solar panels are producing right now.


Pellet Heat Plant

Central heating from our Woodmaster pellet stoves provide warmth to most of the buildings at Wolf Ridge during the winter months.


Solar Hot Water

When you take a shower during your Wolf Ridge stay, you will be using water heated by the sun! Summit Lodge, Margaret A. Cargill Lodge, and the Lakeview House all have solar hot water systems that work year-round.


Take a Class

You can tour the mechanics behind the energy production during our Climate Change and Energy class.


Classroom Materials to Download

In addition, Wolf Ridge is a partner in the TLFAST project, a collaborative effort across all five of Minnesota’s Residential Environmental Learning Centers in which we take a leadership role promoting, demonstrating, and educating about our energy choices and sustainable future. The TLFAST project was funded by the Minnesota Environmental & Natural Resources Trust Fund.


Participate in TLFAST

  • Visit the TLFAST website
  • Schedule a group tour of our new biomass heating plant and solar hot water systems
  • Check out our Renewable Energy class
  • Explore the live energy displays at the Science Center
  • Download the curriculum and support materials