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Sunrise brief: Minnesota voting on 100% clean electricity, 10% solar by 2030

Also on the rise: Retired coal sites to host multi-day iron-air batteries. Wyoming 900 MW pumped storage project moves toward licensing. And more.

Minnesota voting on 100% clean electricity today, 10% solar by 2030

The state’s new legislative body, now fully Democratic, is quickly moving bill HB7 through the legislature. The House is scheduled to vote on the bill today.

PUC approves 15-year Minnesota Power IRP with 300 MW of new solar

The approved Integrated Resource Plan more than doubles the amount of renewables to enter the energy mix to 1 GW from a prior proposal with 400 MW of solar and wind.

Minnesota’s value-of-solar law helps protect consumers from rising natural gas prices, says group

As utility customers face the higher costs of gas-fired generation, Minnesota’s approach to valuing community solar will help protect customers from price volatility, said a director with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

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DSD Renewables acquires 11 MW of community solar in Minnesota

The portfolio marks DSD’s first venture in Minnesota, a land where community solar adoption has been widespread and effective.

Minnesota’s renewable generation has risen 60% over the past decade, providing 28% of Minnesota’s generation in 2021

The 2022 Minnesota Energy Factsheet demonstrates that clean power industries lead the state’s energy transition.

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Neil – a second grader from Minnesota – is concerned about solar panel recycling

While Neil’s concerns are warranted, there are reasons to be hopeful that we will be able to responsibly and profitably manage solar panel recycling as the volumes scale.

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Greenbacker acquires interest in Minnesota solar portfolio

In one of the company’s largest transactions to date, Greenbacker has acquired a significant financial interest in the 150MW operating Aurora solar portfolio

Sunrise brief: Heliene adds a solar module factory in Florida, eyes Minnesota expansion

Also on the rise: Recurrent Energy signs solar + storage deal with PG&E, a city in Maine puts the brakes on solar, and vehicle-to-grid still has a ways to go.

Minnesota is primed to turn a page on the conflict between solar growth and farmland preservation

Proposed legislation could better balance the goals of solar developers to add capacity in prime resource zones, which also overlap some of the state’s best farmland.

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