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Solar Project for Seven Hills Preparatory Academy Energizes the Building and its Students

Solar Project for Seven Hills Preparatory Academy Energizes the Building and its Students

Recently, iDEAL had the opportunity to partner with Seven Hills Preparatory Academy in Richfield to help it reduce energy bills, shrink their carbon footprint, and provide solar energy learning opportunities to their students.   iDEAL approached the school about installing solar panels when the school announced the expansion of its gymnasium. The gym’s rooftop would be an ideal place to install a solar array,… READ MORE

MN Solar Goes Big with Changes to Incentive Programs

MN Solar Goes Big with Changes to Incentive Programs

The state’s solar industry thinks the change could spur new development and maybe attract out-of-state companies. Minnesota solar industry leaders are hopeful recent changes to two utility incentive programs will bring new commercial development to the state. State lawmakers doubled the size limit for Xcel Energy’s Solar Rewards program to include projects up to 40… READ MORE

Xcel Energy has hopes for wind and solar projects with battery storage

Xcel Energy has hopes for wind and solar projects with battery storage

JANUARY 19, 2018 – Mike Hughlett An Xcel Energy proposal that attracted a multitude of low-cost bids to develop wind and solar projects in Colorado that include battery storage is raising hopes that the concept could become more widespread, including in ­Minnesota. Wind and solar farms can produce electricity only ­intermittently, and industrial-scale batteries are… READ MORE

New Report: Minnesota’s Clean Energy Industry Growing Rapidly with More than 57,000 Total Jobs

New Report: Minnesota’s Clean Energy Industry Growing Rapidly with More than 57,000 Total Jobs

September 7, 2017-Logan O’Grady Clean energy jobs in Minnesota grew 3.8 times faster than overall job growth Industry drives Minnesota’s economic growth, adding 2,893 jobs in past year 30 percent of the State’s clean energy jobs are in Greater Minnesota   MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 7, 2017) – Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM) today released a new report from Clean Energy Trust and Environmental… READ MORE

Growth of green energy sector surges in Minnesota

Growth of green energy sector surges in Minnesota

OCTOBER 1, 2017  Neal St. Anthony Minnesota’s fast-growing clean-energy economy, rooted in wind, solar, conservation, technology and even software, is a change for a state that historically imported its energy. Alexandria Industries, which designs and makes aluminum industrial products, doesn’t look like an “alternative-energy” company.However, about 10 percent of its 400 employees in Alexandria, Minn.,… READ MORE

Xcel plans transition from coal to solar, wind, gas and storage in Colorado

Xcel plans transition from coal to solar, wind, gas and storage in Colorado

AUGUST 30, 2017 CHRISTIAN ROSELUND The utility has the support of Vote Solar and Colorado SEIA as part of a broad coalition backing its Colorado Energy Plan. Regardless of the delusional 19th-century energy ambitions of the Trump Administration, American utilities are increasingly closing “baseload” coal and nuclear plants and abandoning new projects as they move… READ MORE