5/16/2019 1:33:37 PM
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U.S. wind report: Minnesota installs 4th most wind during first quarter 2019
The U.S. wind industry installed 841 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity during the first quarter of 2019, and 67 MW of that came from the Stoneray project in Minnesota, according to the U.S. Wind Industry Quarterly Market Report for first quarter 2019. The completion of the Stoneray project in Pipestone and Murray counties accounted for the fourth highest amount of wind energy installed for the quarter, just behind Iowa (536 MW), Michigan (161 MW) and Illinois (76 MW). Minnesota currently ranks seventh in the nation for cumulative installed wind capacity with 3,845 MW. The Stoneray project was developed by EDF Renewables for power purchaser Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency. Wind developed in the United States during the first quarter of 2019 more than doubled the amount installed in first quarter 2018. Read the first quarter wind report (pdf).
KidWind Challenge sparks local student interest in renewable energy
Sparking students’ passion for renewable energy and engineering is the goal of the KidWind Challenge, a Minnesota-based, nationally recognized renewable energy education competition. After more than 50 students from the metro area competed in the Minnesota Renewable Energy Competition on April 13, KidWind is clearly achieving its goal. Students gathered for the competition at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul. The event was hosted by the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship. Students showcased and tested their performance of handcrafted wind turbines and solar structures, presented their design process to a panel of judges, and demonstrated their extensive knowledge of renewable energy. Read more.
MPCA offers $3.7 million to replace diesel on-road trucks, transit buses
A new guide is available for MN farmers considering large-scale wind or solar
A guide to help Minnesota farmers navigate through legal contracts and other issues stalling large-scale solar and wind installations is now available, as reported in the West Central Tribune. The "Farmers' Guide to Solar and Wind Energy in Minnesota" was developed by the Minnesota Farmers Union and the St. Paul-based Farmers' Legal Action Group as a resource for farmers considering solar and wind installations on their land. The 32-page guide is intended as a starting point for farmers who are considering large-scale solar or wind projects. Farmers, farm advocates, farm attorneys and others are welcome to consult, download, print or share the guide at no cost. Access the guide.
Conferences and Expos
Talk about perfect timing. The Energy Fair, the nation’s longest-running event of its kind at 30 years, will take place on June 21-23 in Custer, Wis., and will provide a great setting to celebrate the summer solstice (June 21). The Energy Fair is organized by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association and brings together over 10,000 attendees to learn about sustainability and clean energy, connect with others, and take action toward a sustainable future. The event features inspirational keynote speakers; over 200 exhibitors; 200 workshops covering sustainable living topics, energy efficiency, renewable energy and more; and a Clean Transportation Show that features exhibitors, vehicles, and demos. Read more.
ASES National Solar Conference is Aug. 5-9 in Bloomington, Minn.
The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) will hold its 48th annual National Solar Conference on Aug. 5-9 at the Crowne Plaza AiRE in Bloomington, Minn. The conference is unique in its delivery of cutting-edge research, trends, and analysis and provides a venue for the exchange of ideas, information, business insights, and perspectives on progress toward greater sustainability. Participants generally represent a broad base of solar and renewable energy professionals and thought leaders. The conference will feature technical sessions, forum discussions, plenary panels, presentations, public solar displays, and networking events. Early bird registration offers a $100 discount and ends June 15. Read more to register and for details.
2019 Gateway to Solar Conference is Oct. 21-22 in Minneapolis
Save the date! Oct. 21-22 are the dates for the 2019 Gateway to Solar Conference, the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) has announced. The annual conference is Minnesota’s largest industry-led solar trade group conference and will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. Read more.
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