A new concept in renewable energy is catching fire across the country, allowing customers who might find solar panels too expensive or impractical to buy green energy anyway. Community solar gardens first took off in Colorado a few years ago, and the model — also known as community or shared solar — has spread to Minnesota, California, Massachusetts and several other states.
Construction of the largest solar energy project in Minnnesota is now underway at the Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport. The new solar installation will be built on the top deck of the Terminal 1 parking ramps. When it’s up and running, it will generate enough energy to handle about 20 percent of the airport’s power supply.
The Guard and Duluth-based Minnesota Power on Wednesday announced a $25 million plan to build a 10-megawatt solar array spanning 100 acres at Camp Ripley, the largest military base in Minnesota.
A Minnesota farm is helping people power their homes and businesses with solar energy without having to put panels on their roof. Eichten’s Cheese Farm in Chisago County is about to become one of Minnesota’s biggest community solar gardens.
Colorado’s Public Utilities Commission will be hearing from the public on Xcel Energy’s plans for ensuring solar and other renewable sources remain part of the state’s power mix. A key issue at Monday’s public comment session is expected to be an Xcel proposal for what it calls more transparency.
Officials said Wednesday using more solar energy would mean more jobs in Minnesota. A new bill introduced at the State Capitol Wednesday would dramatically ramp up Minnesota’s investment in solar energy.
The latest in eco-friendly technology will be on display at The Living Green Expo, which opens this weekend on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
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Imagine a day when Minnesota is powered completely by solar and wind energy. At least one group thinks it could happen.
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