Solar MN - Lessons Learned from Texas and Creating Equitable Community Solar

Solar Industry Gathering

April 12, 2021 | 10am-12pm


MN Dept. of Commerce & CERTs
Event Description

Solar MN is a gathering every other month of people working in and around Minnesota's solar industry, including installers, developers, nonprofits, utilities, researchers, and local government representatives. The group gathers the second Monday of even months to exchange information and opportunities. To register for this and future meetings, fill out a brief form.


April 12, 2021 Agenda & Speakers:

  • MRES Update - Doug Shoemaker, Minnesota Renewable Energy Society
  • MnSEIA Update - Peter Teigland, Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association
  • Lessons Learned from Texas - Peder Mewis & Nathan LaFrance, Clean Grid Alliance
    In February, nearly 30,000 megawatts of coal, nuclear and natural gas fell off-line as a result of extreme temperatures, and wind plant outages also reduced the amount of generation on the system by up to 2,000 megawatts. The massive increase in demand was met by catastrophic failures in the delivery system. What can Minnesota learn from this crisis, and what does it mean for the clean energy future we're building together?
  • Creating Equitable Community Solar - Gabe Chan, University of Minnesota Humphrey School
    Over the past two years, the Chan Lab conducted interviews with over 70 individuals working across equitable community solar projects, programs, and policies in the United States. Equitable community solar offers an important opportunity for bringing together fields of clean energy and justice, highlighting the ways in which under-resourced communities can participate in and augment our clean energy transition.

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