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The administrator of a Minnesota clean energy financing program expects hundreds of millions of dollars in new projects to qualify thanks to changes signed into law last month as part of a state budget deal.
Officials say a provision in this year’s omnibus jobs and economic development finance bill could unlock hundreds of millions in new development.
St. Paul-based All Energy Solar, the designer and installer of solar-power systems for homes and businesses in six states, has moved to a larger location in St. Paul’s Energy Park industrial-commercial area that is three times its previous space a couple miles away.
In the April 20 "Statewide View" column in the News Tribune, "Don't believe inflated clean-energy jobs projections," a writer from the Center of the American Experiment presented a bleak view — with dubious support — about a great economic story in our state: clean energy job growth.
I believe that electricity is the fuel of the future. Everyday Minnesotans are noticing the rapid increase in solar and wind-producing power in our lives.
As America and Minnesota look to increase the use of renewable fuels, particularly wind and solar, there are significant economic development opportunities for the communities that can capitalize on the building and serving the needs of these industries.
Long seen as a slow region for solar deployment, the U.S. Midwest has seen an explosion of project development in recent years. And while there is still a lot of speculation and uncertainty, one way or another this region is going to see major development.
Minnesota added 2,737 jobs related to clean energy in 2018, a 4.7 percent increase, according to a study released Tuesday.
"We are outpacing other states," the governor said. "Now is the time for Minnesota to seize the momentum."
The number of Minnesota jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy grew by nearly 5 percent from 2017 to 2018, bringing total clean energy jobs to more than 61,000, according to a report released Tuesday at the State Capitol.