Sun shines on Iron Range solar prospects

PHOTO: Sharon Mollerus, Flickr CC-BY

The Minnesota Reformer published my latest essay today, the first of the new year. This one is entitled “Solar energy shines on the Iron Range; will politics throw shade.”

In the past ten years or so, the Iron Range’s relationship with the solar energy industry has been something of a roller coaster. In 2011, Silicon Energy started up in Mountain Iron with much fanfare, only to fall apart a few years later. But then, Heliene, Inc., swooped into the same space. Now the Canadian solar module manufacturer is expanding rapidly.

Like many places with historic ties to big industry and coal-fired power plants, the Iron Range was slow to adopt renewable energy. But now solar is affordable, efficient and producing good jobs in the region, all things that are hard to ignore. You might be surprised by what’s changed recently in solar energy, and what’s coming in the very near future.

Read more at the Minnesota Reformer.

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