On Jan. 1, 2020, the City of River Falls became the first municipality in the state to power city buildings using 100% renewable energy. The activity is part of a new City campaign called Renewable River Falls, the goals of which are to:
Raise awareness about Renewable River Falls in the community and beyond;
Celebrate the community’s past accomplishments in conservation and energy efficiency as we prepare for our transition to renewable energy;
Recognize the City's statewide and national leadership role in green energy participation; and
Engage the public in Renewable RF activities; and
Encourage and support residents and businesses in going 100% renewable.
City buildings going “green”:
Public Works Garage
Wastewater Treatment Plant
Public Safety Building
Glen Park Pool
The City launched Renewable River Falls at Riverdazzle on Nov. 29, 2019, in downtown River Falls. Participants had the opportunity to flip a switch and light up a tree in Veterans Park with all green bulbs, and City leaders and sustainability stakeholders walked in the parade.
Green Blocks Purchases
The City will reach its 100% renewable energy goal for its buildings by purchasing additional “green blocks,” which are units of 300 kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy – a mix of solar, wind, and biogas. The green blocks are available to River Falls Municipal Utilities customers.
River Falls residents have been voluntarily purchasing green blocks since 2004 with a current participation rate of 12%, making the City first in the state and fifth in the nation for green energy participation.
Click here to learn more about how you can participate in green energy programs.