Celebrate the Sun Event

Connexus leads with solar + storage

Connexus Energy’s two new solar + storage sites in Ramsey and Athens Township are leading the way in the solar community. With battery storage, Connexus now has the ability to save the power that the solar panels produce and use that power at times when electricity demand is at its peak – mainly during the summer months.

“We listen to our members who tell us they want renewable energy without it costing more,” says Connexus CEO Greg Ridderbusch. “Most solar energy is produced when there is lower demand and the price is lower. We will discharge stored solar energy during peak hours when energy costs are the highest. This will help us save in power supply costs.”

Instead of the usual ribbon cutting, Connexus held a connecting ceremony in late October where the sun and battery were joined together. It was all part of the Celebrate the Sun event for stakeholders, partners, and those interested in our solar + storage project.

The two solar arrays with the battery storage will be fully operational by the end of this year. Both sites will be pollinator-friendly.


Ramsey Site Athens Site
18 acres 36 acres
13,851 panels 27,189 panels
1,260 batteries 1,890 batteries


Watch time-lapse videos of the solar + storage project construction on Connexus Energy’s YouTube channel.

Shelly PetersonAppointment to Board

Shelly Peterson was recently appointed to the Connexus Energy Board of Directors. Peterson is currently employed as a city finance director, has a degree in management, and prior board and committee experience.
The Connexus Board conducted a public search for director candidates upon Betsy Wergin’s relocating out of District 3. Peterson’s appointment is effective until next spring’s election by the membership.


Upcoming Director Elections

Connexus Energy is now accepting applications for Board of Director candidates in director district two (three-year term), district three (one-year term), and district four (three-year term).  The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. on January 25, 2019.  An informational meeting for members interested in becoming director candidates is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on January 14, 2019, at Connexus Energy.  If you plan to attend the informational meeting, please RSVP to kim.vredenburg@connexusenergy.com.

A sweet treat

Solar honey now available

Surprise your honey with some unique solar honey under the tree this holiday season. A limited number of our 2018 honey jars from the apiary in our community solar garden are now available for a $12 donation. All the proceeds will go to ACBC – Anoka County Food Shelf.
Jars of the honey are $12 each*, and can only be purchased in the lobby at Connexus Energy.

*Cash transactions only.

Brandy Pumpkin Cheesecake

Co-op Cuisine

Brandy Pumpkin Cheesecake


  • 1 c graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ c sugar
  • ½ c butter, melted
  • 20 oz cream cheese
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 14 oz can pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 ½ tsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • ⅓ cup brandy


For crust, combine crumbs, sugar, and butter. Press mixture into bottom of spring form pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
For filling, beat together cream cheese and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and brandy. Mix well until blended.
Pour cheese mixture into crust and bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until well risen. Turn off heat and let cheesecake cool in oven. Cool in fridge overnight before eating.