Renewable River Falls

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.
Renewable River Falls Logo

City buildings going “green”:

  • City Hall
  • Public Library
  • Public Works Garage
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Public Safety Building
  • Ambulance
  • Glen Park Pool

Project Launch

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.