solar energy

On Monday, President Donald Trump announced he was imposing a 30% tariff on solar cells made abroad. Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM) released a statement from its executive director Gregg Mast regarding that decision. Read More
On March 30, Minneapolis-based solar energy developer MN Community Solar announced plans to install a community solar garden in Clear Lake, outside of St. Cloud. The garden will be hosted by TJ Farms of Becker, MN, on a parcel of land previously used to grow potatoes, but which more recently has not been put to productive use. Read More

Scott Cramer, owner of Northern Sun Merchandise. Photo by Emily J. Davis

Scott Cramer, owner of Northern Sun Merchandise, situated on Lake Street in the Longfellow neighborhood of south Minneapolis, has been using solar energy in his business for the past decade. Read More

This year, Bloomington plays host to a new annual event for the energy community: the Midwest Gateway to Solar symposium. Held Nov. Read More

Jason Edens

It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention. That was certainly the case for Jason Edens, founder of the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) in Pine River.
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For most businesses, energy is just another expense. But new rules and falling costs for solar energy may shift how Minnesota businesses think about their rooftops and energy bills.
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Dallas Meyer has seen the light. As the founder, president, and CTO of tenKsolar, a Bloomington-based manufacturer of commercial rooftop solar photovoltaic systems, says, “Who wouldn’t want to use solar energy?”
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With a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, post-doctoral research at the Mayo Clinic, eight years as a senior scientist, 10 publications to his name, and two patents under his belt, Curt Shellum could have started a myriad of small businesses. But something about renewable energy spoke to him. 
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Thinking of how to make your company more environmentally friendly? The thought might have crossed your mind. One of the best ways to begin: look at how other companies have done it. Read More