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Sunrise brief: Duke rooftop solar program sunsets, corporate solar rises

Also on the rise: Minnesota senate passes 100% clean energy standard. Annual investment in low-carbon energy transition exceeds $1 trillion. And more.

Minnesota senate passes 100% clean energy standard

The first clean energy standard passed in the nation this year, the Minnesota bill mandates a transition to 100% carbon-free energy by 2040.

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

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.

Retired coal sites to host multi-day iron-air batteries

Two renewable energy storing 10 MW / 1,000 MWh batteries will be installed by Form Energy on former Xcel Energy coal fired plants.

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.

Post-election, four states now poised to speed renewables deployment

Governors-elect in Maryland and Massachusetts aim to speed deployment of solar and wind power, while in Minnesota and Michigan, re-elected governors could submit their clean energy goals to legislatures with new Democratic majorities. Arizona might join the club.

Heliene adds 420 MW U.S. solar panel assembly line

The North American solar panel assembler added significant capacity to its existing 150 MW operation in Minnesota.

Rooftop solar adoption rises sharply as system value to homeowners increases

Annual rooftop solar installations more than double when each homeowner’s long-term “profit” on a system increases from zero to $1,000, a study found. Based partly on that study, a Minnesota utility must now evaluate distributed solar incentives as a means to save all customers money.

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Standard Solar and Scout Clean Energy acquired by Brookfield Renewable

Brookfield to invest up to $2 billion in the two renewable energy powerhouses, bringing its development portfolio to 60 GW.

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