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Solar Systems 2: Economic Growth and MN Power


We have the second in a series of reports and interviews about solar energy and the people who use it and build it here in northern MN. 

In this series we’ll meet people who have installed solar energy in their homes.  We’ll hear how Minnesota’s public and private utilities, are investing in large solar projects and accommodating smaller ones.   We’ll learn about the growing interest in community solar gardens and how they work; and we’ll provide consumer information that can help you understand the most affordable ways to incorporate solar energy into your home or community.

In this installment, Scott Hall tells us about the dramatic growth of the solar industry in MN, and reports on the solar power offerings of the second largest private utility in the state, Minnesota Power.

Stay tuned for more reports about “Solar Systems”, our series on the potential for solar power in northern MN.  There are many on-line sources for information about solar power in MN.


MN Power 

Xcel Energy 

The Solar Foundation

Solar Energy Industries Association 

The MN Department of Commerce web site points out that Minnesotans are often surprised to learn that our state has solar resources similar to areas of Florida and Texas. 

Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 22 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director where she manages producers, hosts local interviews and programs, oversees and manages web stories and establishes focus areas of programming like phenology, clean energy, Indigenous voices, Strong Women, local foods, clean energy, economic development and more. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota. During the pandemic, Heidi hosted 14 months of a weekly statewide conversation on COVID-19 for the AMPERS network.