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Why Did Minnesota Solar Jobs Fall by Six Percent in 2019?

We're constantly told that solar is the energy source of the future, and that we need not worry about rising electricity prices and the loss of jobs in the mining, manufacturing, timber, and agriculture industries because of the booming solar economy. It appears that narrative suffered a setback this week. According to the Star Tribune, the number of solar jobs fell in 2019 by 267 jobs, or 6 percent relative to 2018 numbers. This brought the number of solar jobs in the state to 4,335 in 2019.  The article did not offer an explanation for the fall in solar jobs, but it can...

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Our Take: Complicated Economics of Community Solar Gardens Subject of Debate

The Star Tribune recently ran an article called "Complicated economics of community solar gardens subject of debate." Seeing how the Strib did not seek our opinion on the topic for their article, I'm providing it below. First and foremost, Minnesota's Community Solar installations are a mess. These solar installations are small, inefficient, and expensive. According to the article in the Star Tribune, Xcel Energy currently purchases power from the solar gardens at a price of 13.5 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 4.3 times more expensive than the electricity generated at the Sherburne County (Sherco) coal-fired power plant in 2016. Cost data for...

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Duluth News Tribune Story Paints Inaccurate Picture of American Experiment’s Duluth Mining Rally

John Lundy of the Duluth News Tribune wrote a misleading article about American Experiment's mining rally in Duluth on Monday, October 22nd at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. In the article, Lundy makes it appear as if John Hinderaker of American Experiment was rude to Sheila Coughlin as she repeatedly interrupted him even as he assured her that if she waited politely her questions would be addressed in a designated question and answer session after the presentations had been delivered. In reality, Coughlin was the one with bad manners, and you can you can see the exchange for yourself by clicking here. This...

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