Northfield launches Renewable Energy Challenge

Northfield residents can help the City achieve the goals of its Climate Action Plan.

On Earth Day, the City of Northfield and Northfield’s Energy Action Team launched a Renewable Energy Challenge. The City is challenging Northfield households to support clean energy by covering 100% of their electricity use with wind or solar. Households can do this through a local community solar garden, through Xcel Energy’s Windsource® program, or by starting the process of installing on-site solar. By entering the challenge, Northfield residents will be supporting renewable energy sources like wind and solar, which can reduce carbon emissions.

The City set a goal of adding 100 new households subscribing 100% of their electricity use to renewable sources by June 15. Everyone who joins the Renewable Energy Challenge will be recognized on the city’s website as a Northfield Clean Energy Supporter.

“Over 100 Northfield residents already support renewable energy by subscribing 100% of their electricity to come from renewable sources – and that number is growing each year,” says Beth Kallestad, program coordinator for the City of Northfield. “What’s great about this challenge is that everyone who participates will join their neighbors in helping reduce Northfield’s carbon footprint.”

This Renewable Energy Challenge was originally set to launch at the beginning of April, but the launch was postponed until Earth Day because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Through this challenge, we want to provide Northfield residents with a sense of community while we are physically apart, especially in light of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day,” says Kallestad. “We will be highlighting residents who are doing their part to meet the goals of our Climate Action Plan.” As part of the challenge, the City will be sharing stories from volunteers about why local clean energy is important to them.

Residents can also learn about the easiest ways to start using more renewable energy during a webinar on May 27 at noon. Visit to find out more, enter the challenge and register for the webinar. Households must submit the challenge form by June 15 to be recognized as a Northfield Clean Energy Supporter.

Northfield’s Renewable Energy Challenge is helping the City reach the goals of its Climate Action Plan, adopted by the City Council in 2019. This plan establishes a goal of achieving carbon neutrality for Northfield by 2040. To learn more about the city’s Climate Action Plan, visit To learn more about the city’s work to help residents and businesses save energy, visit