North Star Electric Solar Project

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When you drive into North Star’s Baudette parking lot you will see a new addition to the grounds. In early June, North Star installed a 4.92KW solar system so we can monitor the actual output of a solar system in our area. To monitor this output from your home in real time, go to http://egauge8199.egaug.es/. In fact, you can see what it is being produced for as little as 10 minutes or over a full year. When you are checking out the site, be sure that you have it set on the 5KW display to get the most accurate information.

You may wonder why North Star installed a solar system at their headquarters. The answer is simple: education, both for us and our membership. If you are considering installing a solar system, we want you to have the most accurate information possible, not just some information that you read off a web site or from a salesman pushing for a sale. Continue reading

Upgrade Internet Explorer for the Best SmartHub Experience

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Through SmartHub, you have the ability to pay your bill, check your usage and more right through a web browser or mobile application. For our customers that utilize the Web version of SmartHub, it’s important that you are doing so using the latest version of your favorite web browser to ensure a safe and secure experience.

Starting in November, any of our customers that access the SmartHub tool through Microsoft’s Internet Explorer version 8 or lower will begin to lose some of the tool’s functionality. Internet Explorer 8, or IE8, is a version of the IE web browser that is more than five years old and support for this version or lower of IE is being phased out gradually.

What can you do to avoid any drop in functionality? All you have to do is upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer or download the latest version of Google’s Chrome web browser or Mozilla’s Firefox web browser. All of these downloads are completely free, available online and take just minutes to complete. Visit one of the links below to get started and ensure you’re able to take advantage of all that SmartHub has to offer.

For a free download of an updated web browser, visit one of the links here:

Internet Explorer (IE): http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/download-ie

Mozilla Firefox: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Google Chrome: https://www.google.com/intl/en_us/chrome/browser/