renewable energy

Lisa Johnson

Jessica Looman is feeling pretty good about the state of solar energy in Minnesota.

What's got the state commerce commissioner "walking on sunshine"?

Minnesota's solar capacity between 2015 and 2016 grew almost three times - to put that in perspective, the 476 megawatts added in 2017 is enough electricity to power 53,000 more homes.

Add to that declining prices, increased consumer demand and 57,000 clean energy jobs in the state, Minnesotans may be inclined to quote Timbuk 3 from back in the day: "The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades".

Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature is on Monday nights at 7pm over the summer. This week Bioneers welcomes clean energy entrepreneur Billy Parish, founder of Mosaic, and banker Marco Krapels, co-founder of The Solutions Project.  They say we need clean energy democratization now and investment urgent and critical.  

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UMD's Alison Hoxie is a professor of Renewable Energy Systems at UMD and she talks about UMD's small wind turbine project.