Renewable River Falls
On Jan. 1, 2020, the City of River Falls will be 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”:
- City Hall
- Public Library
- Public Works Garage
- Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Public Safety Building
- Glen Park Pool
The City will launch Renewable River Falls at Riverdazzle on Nov. 29, 2019, in downtown River Falls. Participants will have the opportunity to flip a switch and light up a tree in Veterans Park with all green bulbs. City leaders and sustainability stakeholders will walk in the Riverdazzle parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. In addition, City buildings will be lit up with green lighting through January.
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.