A new $500 million bonding bill now signed into law includes an option for public buildings to take advantage of solar energy. Advocates say it will help state schools, hospitals, police stations, and other public buildings to install solar energy this year and into the future.
Teen driver crashes into parked payloader; 16-year-old passenger dies
The crash happened early Saturday morning in Waconia.
Barrage of gunfire injures boy in Brooklyn Park; vehicles, apartments damaged
Police say they recovered evidence that more than 40 rounds were fired in the shooting.
Minnesota Wild back away from thin blue line T-shirt giveaway
The giveaway backfired when word of it reached social media.
Workers at Minneapolis Trader Joe's become 2nd in nation to unionize
The vote was certified by the National Labor Relations Board Friday.
Woman killed by suspected drunk-driver in St. Louis County
The crash occurred on Highway 21 in Embarrass Township Friday night.
2 ejected, 1 killed in crash that closed southbound I-35
The State Patrol says neither were wearing seat belts.
Best Buy makes job cuts weeks after warning of soft sales
The Richfield retailer has been dealing with a shift in consumer trends.
Man makes 'vague comments' about Jewish people, smashes own car with club
It happened at a course that was founded as a Jewish country club 100 years ago.
Suspect of home invasion, murder in Minneapolis arrested in Wisconsin
There have been 57 deaths reported as homicides in Minneapolis this year.
Solar rebates for Minnesota Xcel Energy customers going away
A solar energy program that has provided rebates to more than 500 Xcel Energy customers in Minnesota since 2010 will be phased out starting in 2013. The Minneapolis-based company said its Solar Rewards program met its goal of adding six megawatts of solar-powered electricity to its system, and now it wants to devote more of its efforts to energy conservation.
Edina could become first Minnesota city to use new financing tool for energy projects
The suburb is looking into what's known as the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which allows a local government to issue bonds on behalf of building owners who want to finance energy projects. Building owners then pay for the projects through surcharges on their property taxes. In effect, the energy savings finance the projects.
Bloomington company to build solar project in Massachusetts
Solar panel maker TenKsolar is preparing to construct a $10 million solar power system for a Massachusetts municipal utility west of Boston in what will be the largest project ever for the Bloomington company, the Star Tribune reports.
Franken plan would retrofit buildings to save energy, create jobs
U.S. Senator Al Franken says his proposal would cut energy consumption and create jobs in the building trades. He says similar programs are helping local governments save money with more energy-efficient buildings. Plus, Franken says, it would help Minnesota which he called "the Silicon Valley of windows."
Common solar energy myths that could be costing you
Solar energy has its share of myths. Believing them may be costing you money!
Minnesota group offers unbiased info for those considering solar
Many solar installers offer cheap or free assessments to potential customers, but they have an incentive to recommend their products. Now you can have an independent assessor evaluate your property's potential for solar energy. Advocates say it will help customers get unbiased info while guarding the industry's reputation from a few bad sellers.
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