It’s an argument that has become popular among supporters of the Twin Metals and PolyMet projects. Yet the clean energy case for copper-nickel mining hasn’t exactly won over skeptics in Minnesota.
Using the most conservative estimate of 10 acres per megawatt, it would require roughly 60,000 acres or about 94 square miles to achieve our state goal of 10 percent solar by 2030. This is about 0.1 percent of Minnesota’s entire land area.
Critics say the program has disproportionately benefited business and governments — at the expense of the average energy customer.
The DFL and GOP have allocated differing amounts to a program that gives grants to Minnesota schools looking to install solar arrays.
Last year solar jobs dropped 4 percent nationwide, while in Minnesota they rose 48.2 percent. Many installers complain that they can’t get enough labor for the demand.
Monarch populations have plummeted over the last 20 years, but an unlikely new group of monarch allies emerged in 2015: companies from throughout Minnesota’s solar industry.
We need to protect and support good renewable energy policies, so that solar power is affordable and accessible for homeowners, businesses and our community.
The recently launched program has been petitioned by Xcel, contested by developers and heads back to the Minnesota PUC for clarity and resolution.
Why should utilities get free electricity from consumer solar installations every year?
Nearly 85% of the nation’s wind additions are found in Plains states, between North Dakota and Minnesota in the north to Texas and New Mexico in the south.
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Solar is quickly becoming competitive with options like natural gas, and it creates 91 percent less global warming pollution over its lifetime, a new report says.
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It’s time for Minnesota to invest in more solar energy. Too much of our state’s power comes from dirty forms of energy shipped in from outside the state.
Minnesota’s new measure has a requirement that the state’s four large investor-owned utilities generate 1.5 percent of their electricity with solar power by the year 2020.