On October 2nd, Will Steger will join Governor Dayton, Jeff Hamiel, executive director/CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, George P. Sakellaris, president and CEO of a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, Ameresco, and Mark Andrew, president and founder of GreenMark, as the group gathers for the opening construction on Minnesota’s largest solar project and the release of the Clean Energy Economy profile.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will formally launch construction of the largest solar power installation in Minnesota which, when completed, will increase the state’s cumulative solar capacity by roughly 20 percent.
Ameresco, a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, has been contracted to lead this project in partnership with a number of Minnesota-based construction entities.
In addition, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will present findings of the State’s Clean Energy Economy Profile, a report led by the Minnesota State Departments of Commerce and Employment and Economic Development.
Highlights from the Minnesota Clean Energy Economy Profile report:
- Report shows the clean energy market is developing rapidly, reducing the state’s dependence on imported energy. Biofuels production capacity, energy efficiency savings, and solar and wind installations all had triple-digit percentage jumps between 2000 and 2012.
- As of 2012, annual energy efficiency savings and renewable electricity capacity in Minnesota was enough to power over 1.4 million homes in the state for a year. State biofuel production capacity was enough to replace fossil fuel for 1.7 million vehicles for one year.
- In addition, employment in clean energy sectors reached 15,300 in 2014 and is growing faster than total state employment. Clean energy employment in Minnesota surged 78 percent between January 2000 and the first quarter of 2014, growing steadily through the recession.
- Minnesota has established a common sense foundation for its clean energy future, but we still have work to do. We must seize the modern, renewable energy resources Minnesota has in abundance – especially energy efficiency, solar, and wind – to meet our state’s energy needs reliably and affordably while allowing us to become more energy self-reliant.
- Minnesota has shown the responsible way forward, using smart clean energy policies that have grown clean energy jobs across Minnesota while cutting carbon pollution.
- Thanks to robust developments in the last 25 years, along with public and private sector technical and financial expertise, and strong leadership from Governor Dayton, Minnesota is well positioned to benefit from a window of opportunity presented by the growing, international clean energy economy and advance local clean energy economic development.