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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.


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.

Sunrise brief: EV battery recycling startup claims 95% recovery yield using 10 times less energy

Also on the rise: Minnesota’s value-of-solar law helps protect consumers from rising natural gas prices. Massachusetts bill would eliminate clean energy choice. And more.

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.


Sunrise brief: Historic Pittsburgh steel plant reopens to make components for the US solar industry

Also on the rise: Solar tariff moratorium creates upside, but supply challenges still loom. GE partners with Department of Energy on solar, energy storage, grid integration research. And more.


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.

Flint Hills Resources to build 45 MW solar project to directly power its refinery

Solar project will lower energy costs and improve energy efficiency for the Upper Midwest’s largest fuel producer.

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