How are other states expanding access to solar?

Fresh Energy led development of the overarching Minnesota law that requires utilities to develop community solar programs. The policy we shaped and drove was rooted in lessons learned from other states. As Minnesota takes the next steps to shape a community solar offering specifically for low-income households and communities, Fresh Energy is going through the same process.

Bringing older homes into the electric economy

As wind and solar markets grow, Minnesota’s electricity is getting cleaner and it’s becoming increasingly beneficial to power more of our economy with electricity. Just because you live in an old house doesn’t mean you can’t move toward a carbon-free, electric economy.

National Pollinator Week 2017

Pollinators including honey bees, native bees, birds, and butterflies, are an irreplaceable public resource. To mark National Pollinator Week, Fresh Energy convened leaders and experts for presentations and the beginning of an ongoing conversation on the topic of how large-scale solar arrays can be built in ways that are beneficial to these important animals. Below are the online archives of two webinars:

Fresh Energy with Monarch Joint Venture
Fresh Energy with Perdue Farms and the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

National Geographic helped close out the week with a feature story highlighting two beekeepers that are producing the “Tesla of Honey.” Fresh Energy with Monarch Joint Venture
Watch the webinar. Dr. Karen Oberhauser of Monarch Joint Venture is one of the world’s foremost experts on monarch butterflies which she has been studying since 1984.