News Release | Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center

Report: 10 percent solar in reach

Solar power is growing so fast in Minnesota that goals once considered ambitious are now seen as readily achievable, according to a new report by Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center.

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Environment Minnesota Endorses Candidates for 2014 Elections

Environment Minnesota, a statewide environmental organization, announced today the endorsement of four candidates for federal office in the 2014 elections.

News Release | Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center

New Report on Solar Energy in Minneapolis and other Major U.S. Cities

Environment Minnesota was joined outside City Hall by Councilmember Cam Gordon, and solar users Jim Frye and Dale Howey to release a report: Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution the first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar energy in major American cities.

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Environment Minnesota to Release Report Highlighting Solar Progress in Minneapolis

Environment Minnesota will hold a news conference releasing a new report, “Shining Cities:  At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution,” a first-of-its- kind comparison of installed solar in major cities across the U.S.  Minneapolis will be compared to other U.S. cities.  Speakers will also address best practices for advancing solar in Minneapolis.

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Minnesota Solar Jobs Grew 73% in 2013

Minnesota has more than 850 people employed manufacturing and installing pollution-free solar energy, according to a national Solar Jobs Census released today by The Solar Foundation. According to the analysis, Minnesota ranks 31st in the nation in solar jobs.

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New Report: Wind Energy Yields Major Environmental Benefits for Minnesota; Reducing Pollution and Saving Water

Wind energy is on the rise in Minnesota and is providing huge environmental benefits for the state, according to a new report released today by Environment Minnesota. Minnesota’s wind energy is already avoiding more than 4.5 million metric tons of climate-altering carbon pollution – the equivalent of taking almost 950,000 cars off the road, while saving over 2 billion gallons of water per year – enough to meet the needs of over 80,000 people.

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Xcel Energy’s Sherburne County Power Plant is Minnesota’s Biggest Global Warming Polluter, 21st Most Carbon-Polluting Plant in the Country

On the heels of summer storms that caused record power outages in the Twin Cities and in the midst of a severe drought across the Midwest, a new report from the Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center finds that Xcel Energy’s Sherburne County or “Sherco” Power Plant is the state’s biggest carbon polluter, producing as much global warming pollution as 2.7 million cars each year. Sherco is the 21st most carbon-polluting power plant in the country, according to the report.

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Minnesota Poised for Huge Growth in Solar Power

The Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center released a new report today entitled Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America's Top 12 Solar States, which highlights the states leading the way in solar energy.  While Minnesota didn't make the Top 12, it did recieve an "honorable mention" for recently passed solar policies that should lead to a dramatic increase in solar over the next few years.

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New Report on Nation's Leading Solar States

Environment Minnesota will be holding a news conference on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 to release a new report highlighting the states leading the way in solar energy.

News Release | Environment Minnesota

A Major Leap Forward on Solar Energy

The Minnesota legislature has passed a bill requiring a more than 30-fold increase in solar power by the end of the decade. The bill establishes a solar standard that would require investor owned utilities to provide 1.5% of the state’s power from solar energy by 2020. The bill also sets a goal of getting 10% of Minnesota’s electricity from the sun by 2030 and includes other measures that will help lay the groundwork for a very significant expansion of solar energy.

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