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Community solar and the future of Minnesota solar energy

June 4, 2015Megan ButlerNewsComments Off on Community solar and the future of Minnesota solar energy

 

Last month Energy Transition Lab Executive Director Ellen Anderson and Francis O’Sullivan, Director of research and analysis at the MIT Energy Initiative, were interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio’s Climate Cast about the future of solar power in Minnesota and how the state can best leverage its potential for solar power.

The interview featured the results of a MIT report on the future of Solar Energy in the United States which highlights solar as an important source of clean and renewable energy. Ellen Anderson and Francis O’Sullivan both emphasize that Minnesota has excellent potential for solar power generation. In addition, Ellen Anderson points out that community solar gardens, which are shared solar projects, have the potential to expand solar opportunities to individuals and households in Minnesota who might not have otherwise been able to take advantage of rooftop solar due to high upfront costs of solar panels or the lack of a south-facing roof.

The full interview can be found on the MPR Website at  Future of Minnesota solar energy: What you need to know written by Emily Kaiser

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The Energy Transition Lab is a strategic initiative of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment in partnership with the Law School.
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Funding for the Energy Transition Lab is primarily provided by the Institute on the Environment. Other funders include McKnight Foundation, Energy Foundation, Carolyn Foundation, US Department of Energy, Wind Energy Foundation and the University of California Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute. Support for energy storage work is provided by the Minneapolis Foundation, Great River Energy, Mortenson Construction, AES Corporation, Next Era Energy Resources, and General Electric. Funders have no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of any manuscript.