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Embracing the Sun Won’t Burn Us

Guest commentary by Samantha Chadwick.

It’s the 21st century. Embracing the sun won't burn us. Each year, Minnesota spends more than $20 billion importing coal, oil and other dirty energy. We need to invest in homegrown, clean energy to keep this money in the state's economy and create jobs.

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Dayton, legislators should commit Minnesota to solar energy

It is time for Dayton and our legislators to pass a 10 percent by 2030 solar energy standard. It will reduce pollution, create jobs and boost Minnesota's economy while reducing our dependence on imported energy. Solar energy solves many problems. Now it is up to Dayton and the Legislature to execute the solutions so Minnesotans can take advantage of this untapped resource.

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Solar energy legislation targeted for Iron Range panel plant

Legislation to encourage solar energy in Minnesota that would likely financially aid a new manufacturing plant in Mountain Iron has yet to see the light of day at the State Capitol. But Range lawmakers who are sponsoring the bills are hopeful they will still get hearings this session.

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Researchers warn Prairie Island, Monticello plants pose threat to drinking water

RED WING, Minn. (Fox 47) -- Two Minnesota environmental and public interest groups released a report Wednesday warning of a threat of drinking water being contaminated by nuclear power plants along the Mississippi River.

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Bringing Solar to Minnesota’s Schools!

Solar power is the fastest-growing energy generation in America, and panels are being installed on public buildings across our nation. But every year, Minnesotans still spend more than $20 billion consumer dollars on dirty imported energy.

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Ikea’s rooftop solar array will be the largest in Minnesota

A solar array that retailer Ikea says will be installed on the roof of its Bloomington store will be the state's largest generator of electricity from the sun.

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James Bond parody wins solar energy film contest

An environmental group that organized a short film contest to promote solar energy got more than it bargained for.

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North Star Rising

It would be easy to assume that Minnesota has all the policy support it needs to see a healthy amount of solar installations. The state has a renewable energy standard that compels utilities to obtain 25 to 30 percent of their energy from renewable sources over the next decade and a half. However, the RES has largely gone to support wind development. Now a large and well-organized coalition is pushing to pass a solar electricity standard of 10 percent by 2030.