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Solar Powering Minnesota Conference is March 7 in Saint Paul


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A Solar Powering Minnesota Conference is planned on March 7 to help grow solar power in Minnesota. Utilities, policy makers, lenders, developers and contractors, local governments, and training and workforce development professionals will come together at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul to learn and connect about solar programs, incentives, and resources to help solar power shine.

The conference features a keynote address by Minh Le, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Program manager, breakout sessions, and time to network. Minh Le helps manage the research, development, demonstration, and deployment programs for the national SunShot Initiative.

The conference agenda includes special tracks on:

  • Minnesota Policy and Programs, with updates on Minnesota solar legislation, the state of solar development in Minnesota, and a utility panel on Minnesota community-shared solar programs.
  • Minnesota Energy Studies, with discussion on three recent reports: Scoping an Energy Future Study, The Value of Solar Heating and Cooling in Minnesota, and a White Paper Analysis of Utility-Managed, On-Site Energy Storage in Minnesota.
  • Project Financing, covering commercial, emerging and consumer financing mechanisms.
  • Solar-Ready Communities, with sessions on local government solar development; strategies for spurring local market development; and permitting, planning and zoning resources.

Early bird registration for the conference is $99 by Jan. 31, $149 thereafter until March 2, or $199 at the door. The conference is presented by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association and Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams. Conference partners include the University of St. Thomas; Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources; Minnesota Renewable Energy Society; CR Planning; and the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA).  Read more about the agenda and how to register.