Solar Works 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 put solar on 200,000 roofs in the next decade.
Imagine 200,000 solar roofs in the next decade
It’s the 21st century. We should be less dependent on imported oil and coal and rely more on clean, renewable sources like solar power. Going solar is the right way to go for our environment: There’s no pollution, it never runs out, it will create thousands of local jobs, and it only gets cheaper over time. What’s not to like?
In fact, we want to see 200,000 solar roofs in Minnesota in the next decade—and we can start today by passing a 10 percent solar energy standard.
We have the momentum
Right now, hundreds more Minnesotans are going solar every year, especially now that prices are dropping and innovative programs are making it easier than ever. And the combination of your activism and our advocacy is winning real results for solar power: Last year, our staff and supporters helped pass a bill that makes it far easier and more affordable to install solar on public buildings.
But we can do more—much more. Minnesota still gets less than 1 percent of its energy from the sun, even though we have more solar potential than Germany, the world’s solar leader. We can change that—but we need your help
The fossil fuel industry stands in the way
Unfortunately, some utilities are dragging their feet and standing in the way of more solar. They’ve built their business around the dirty, dangerous fuels of the past, and they’re reluctant to change. That’s why we need you to take action today.
Together, we will see 200,000 solar roofs
Along with our Solar Works for Minnesota coalition, we’re pushing to get 10 percent of the state’s energy from solar by 2030—a standard that would put solar on more than 200,000 Minnesota roofs in the next decade. And thanks to Minnesota’s rearranged political landscape in 2013, we have an unprecedented opportunity to achieve this goal. Member action and support helps our staff conduct research, make our case in the media, testify in St. Paul, and build the broad grassroots support it will take to win.
Putting The Sun to Work for Minnesota Short Film Contest
The votes are counted, and the results are in. 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.
Urge Gov. Dayton to support getting 10 percent of our energy from the sun by 2030.
- 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.