Minnesota’s solar power jobs doubled in 2015; growth will continue

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Minnesota’s solar power jobs doubled in 2015; growth will continue

February 15, 2016

The number of Minnesotans employed in the solar energy industry has more than doubled in the last two years, new figures show.

A growing push to increase the amount of electricity generated from renewable sources, backed up by solar-friendly laws, is behind the rise in employment in the solar industry in Minnesota, according to a report by The Solar Foundation.

The report says that 1,995 Minnesotans worked in the solar energy industry last year, a 131 percent rise on 2013.

The Solar Foundation says much of this is down to the Solar Energy Standard the state adopted in 2013, requiring large utilities to generate 1.5 percent of their energy from solar sources by 2020.

The state also offers the Solar Incentive Program, which offers an annual budget of up to $15 million for 10 years for solar power projects.

Initiatives like these have led to the state’s biggest energy provider Xcel Energy launching its Community Solar Gardens project, allowing Twin Cities residents to invest in and benefit from small solar gardens set up in rural areas.

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