Topic: Public Policy

The Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program is Back for Year 2!

The Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program is Back for Year 2!

Made in Minnesota (MiM) is a solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal incentive program that gives rebates to consumers based on the performance of the system aka how many kilowatt hours (kWh) produced in a year (PV) or the size of the system (thermal). MiM’s true purpose is to create jobs while making Minnesota greener and lowering the cost of Minnesota manufactured solar products. Run by the Department of Commerce – Division of Energy Resources and legislated to last 10 years, $15 million is available annually for rebates with $250,000 set aside for solar thermal.


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Focus on Energy returns

Focus on Energy returns

At last the results are in, and they confirm what we already knew: Focus on Energy is cost effective. The findings show statewide benefits outweighed costs 2.3 to 1. Media coverage of the audit was very positive and legislators on both sides of the aisle are saying positive things about the program. 


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Apply for 2012 USDA REAP grant now

Apply for 2012 USDA REAP grant now

Offering both loan guarantees and grants, the REAP program helps eligible applicants install renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements and conduct energy audits and feasibility studies.


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Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

There are a lot of important renewable energy initiatives in the 2009 Stimulus Bill signed into law by President Obama.

A lot of the exact wording and policy can be found under Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy.


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Green jobs are the way forward.

Green jobs are the way forward.

Barack Obama, in his inaugural speech, declared that our current use of energy is “strengthening our adversaries and putting our climate at risk.”

Not only that, but as a recent article shows, green jobs are leading the way to a better economy.


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Al Gore's green energy speech.

Al Gore’s green energy speech.

Former Vice President Al Gore gave the following speech on the environment last July in Washington DC.

It’s 27 minutes long. But, if you have the time, it’s well worth it.


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