Optimism over Future of Solar Energy
Expressed at February Forum
Our speakers for the February forum were very supportive of each others' efforts to help in the growth of the solar industry and had a great deal of optimism for its growth both in the coming years and for decades after that.
Jamez Staples, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Partners, described the new training center planned for north Minneapolis which will aim at preparing high school students and young adults in north Minneapolis and the suburbs along the Blue Line Light Rail Extension for jobs and long term careers in the growing solar energy industry. Jan Hubbard, President of the Minnesota Renewable Energy Association, described the growing use of solar energy on residential and commercial rooftops and explained the benefits of the Solar Energy Schools Bill.
Bob Blake, Outreach Coordinator of Interfaith Power and Light explained what community solar gardens were and encouraged people who are customers of Xcel Energy to participate in the community solar garden projects in the following counties: Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Carver, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Mower, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, Sherburne, Stearns, Steele, Waseca, Wright. Sign up to get an estimate from MN Interfaith Power and Light of how much subscribing would reduce your electric bill.