Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a new economic development bill that contained several powerful incentives for solar development, reports Adam James at Climate Progress. This confirms what many have been saying for quite some time – that solar is careening toward widespread adoption and will create jobs while reducing emissions along the way. This development is a good indicator of some fundamental dynamics that are playing out in the energy space. With the cost of solar panels dropping 80 percent since 2008 alone, solar has become practical even in relatively unsunny Minnesota. Additionally, the political will appears ready to galvanize around smart, forward looking investments that create good jobs. The bill now requires 1.5 percent of the state’s electricity to come from solar by 2020, encourages new forms of solar power, such as community projects, and provides economic paybacks, such as compensating solar rooftop owners for any extra power they produce, and for using smart forms of technology. Hopefully, coming months will see more advocates, cities, and states working together for clean economic growth.
Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congressthey’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.
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