The YES! Metro Region this summer provided assistance to the Edina High School Environmental Club called PROJECT EARTH to design and fabricate a float for the 2018 Edina City Fourth of July parade this last week. The float promoted the use of renewable energy and to support funding for a 12 panel solar tracking array PROJECT EARTH is developing to be installed at the Edina High School.
The Project Earth float contained 2 solar panels with flanking sign boards mounted to a canoe that was pulled by a bike trike. The Project Earth team members handed out over 3,000 pinwheels with cards promoting Edina Residents to sign up for the Xcel Energy WindSource program as well as engage the Home Energy Squad operated by the Xcel Energy, Centerpoint Energy, and the Center for Energy and Environment, to conduct free home energy audits.
Paul Thompson and Mind Ahler at Cool Planet have been advisors for the Project Earth team for many years. Tom McDougall YES! Metro Coordinator, provided technical, construction, and funding assistance for the Float.