Clean Energy for Minnesota
Too much of our energy comes from dirty sources that harm our environment—but it doesn't have to be that way. We can harness pollution-free, homegrown energy from the wind and the sun. It's clean, local, and never runs out.
We can power all of Minnesota with clean energy
Too much of our energy comes from coal, oil and other dirty sources that wreak havoc on our environment.
We are surrounded by clean energy options here In Minnesota — the power of the sun and the wind, the heat of the earth, even the energy leaking from drafty windows. By using energy more efficiently and tapping our vast renewable energy resources, we can move to 100% clean energy that doesn’t pollute and never runs out.
We have the momentum
Thanks in part to Environment Minnesota staff, members and supporters, Minnesota passed historic clean energy laws in 2007 and 2013, spurring renewable energy development across the state.
These were major steps in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go. We also face powerful opposition from some utilities and the fossil fuel industry, who'd like to keep us dependent on dirty energy such as coal. They’ve built their business around the dirty, dangerous fuels of the past, and they’re reluctant to change. That's why we need to build and demonstrate the support for clean energy from citizens like you.
Solar Works for Minnesota
Three years ago, Environment Minnesota helped build the Solar Works for Minnesota coalition, a diverse group of 150 organizations working together to get 10% our the state's power from solar by 2030. The coalition successfully pushed for a new law, passed in 2013, that requires the biggest utilities in the state to meet a solar energy standard, and will lead to more than 30 times more solar in Minnesota by the end of this decade. The law also adopts our goal of getting 10% of Minnesota's energy from the sun. Thanks to the hard work of our members, allies and supporters, Minnesota is poised to become a national leader in solar power.
Now we're working with partners across the state to get cities like Duluth and Rochester committed to a 10% solar goal, and ensure citizens across the state can reap the benefits of clean, local solar.
Join our campaign today.
Putting The Sun to Work for Minnesota Short Film Contest
Check out these great videos from our "Putting the Sun to Work for Minnesota" short film contest! We depended on filmmakers' creativity to make unique shorts that captured the public's attention and showed off Minnesota’s great solar potential — and we were impressed. Thanks to all the contestants for their hard work and commitment to the solar cause.
- Minnesota spends at least $20 billion per year buying dirty energy from other states and countries — keeping those energy dollars in the state will have a significant positive impact on our economy.
- Producing 10% solar energy will get us to 200,000 solar roofs in the next decade — and 700,000 roofs by 2030.
- According to 2010 polling numbers, 60% of Minnesotans strongly favor getting 10% of our energy from solar by 2030.
- According to an Environment Minnesota report, wind energy in Minnesota currently displaces 3,863,000 metric tons of global warming-causing carbon pollution annually — the equivalent of taking 757,000 cars off the road every year. And that number is only poised to grow.