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New Clean Energy Policies in Minnesota – A Progress Report
As most MRES members know by now, the 2013 legislative session produced several new and significant energy policies for Minnesota. This was largely due to the coalition efforts of the Clean Energy and Jobs Campaign in collaboration with strong legislative and administration support. Over a dozen policies – some new, such as the Solar Electricity Standard, the Value of Solar Tariff, and Community Solar Gardens were established and others already in place such as Made in Minnesota, Solar Rewards and PACE were improved. Many implementation processes are well underway and Lynn will provide a thorough progress report including opportunities for MRES involvement. The movement to create a clean energy economic hub in Minnesota is underway and Lynn will highlight some aspects of that development.
106 East Diamond Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Recent MRES News, Stories, and Discussion
Submitted by Laura Burrington on Fri, 02/28/2014 - 6:15pm
We are excited to announce that MRES has been chosen by the MN Department of Commerce to conduct an assessment of the distributed wind market in Minnesota for small to mid-sized turbines. MRES recruited an excellent and diverse team to work on this project, including Brian Ross and Abby Finis of CR Planning, Fritz Ebinger from The Minnesota Project, John Dunlop of Renewable Energy Services and Heather Rhoades-Weaver from eFormative Options. The first task for this team will be to conduct a survey of wind installers, sites assessors and dealers that conduct business in Minnesota. If you are one of these people and would like to be contacted to take the survey please email email@example.com.
Submitted by Laura Burrington on Fri, 02/28/2014 - 3:59pm
TenKsolar offers the world's only completely integrated low-voltage solar PV system. The tenKsolar solution combines proprietary low-voltage PV modules, integrated power electronics, reflection, and racking configured as a complete system for commercial scale deployment. The low voltage design of tenK's system removes the single points of failure and safety hazards associated with conventional, high voltage solar. tenK has over 200 systems installed in more than 20 US States and six foreign countries. Performance data shows the results: Significantly more space efficient and significantly more reliable. Completely safe in all circumstances.
Submitted by Laura Burrington on Thu, 02/27/2014 - 1:43pm
Did you miss your chance to register for the sold out Solar Powering MN Conference on March 7th? You can still come and network with the conference attendees afterward at the MREA/MRES Bowling Social!
Come see MRES's managing director Laura Burrington take on MREA's executive director Nick Hylla in a classic northland bowling face off! Pizza will be served and a cash bar will be available.
Everyone is welcome to come and bowl - first come, first serve on the lanes. Food, bowling shoes and lanes are provided courtesy of MREA and MRES to celebrate the end of the Solar Powering MN conference!
Submitted by Laura Burrington on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 10:12am
The 2014 MRES Renewable Energy Tour is planned for Saturday 5/31/1014 from 10am to 4 pm. This year MRES is sponsoring outstate tours in Northwest, Northeast, Central, West Central, Southwest and Southeast Minnesota. One Tour Organizer is needed for each region. (See Map below)
MRES regional renewable energy tour organizers are responsible for:
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 6:05pm
The owner and operations manager of Solar Connection in Rochester joke that they are the only solar guys in Minnesota who play trumpet duets. The two haven’t started tooting their horns from solar rooftops yet, but they do spend a good deal of time trumpeting, so to speak, the benefits of solar to classroom students, potential customers and attendees at conferences, fairs and farm shows.
Solar Connection designs and installs solar electric and solar thermal systems for residential, farm and commercial applications in southern Minnesota. The company’s installs on farms are increasing and have occurred on dairy, grain, cattle and hog farms and one horse farm.
Submitted by Laura Burrington on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:40pm
As part of this year’s larger solar energy bill aimed to grow the solar energy sector in Minnesota, the Made in Minnesota (MiM) rebate program is one tool that will help the state achieve the new solar electricity standard, which calls for 1.5 percent of electric sales from investor-owned utilities to come from solar electricity by 2020.
MiM Solar Thermal Rebate:
Solar thermal energy is a technology for harnessing solar energy for thermal energy (heat). Low-temperature collectors are flat plates generally used to heat swimming pools. Medium-temperature collectors are also usually flat plates but are used for heating water or air for residential and commercial use. The rebate is for 25% of the installed cost of a system up to $25,000 for a commercial system, $5,000 for a multi residence system or $2,500 for a single family residential system.