Minnesota renewable energy output grows as pollution from electric generation declines

By Neal St. Anthony, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minnesota’s renewable energy industry grew in 2019 and coal burning and carbon emissions declined, according to data released Thursday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. “This report shows the significant progress Minnesota is making as we transition to a clean energy economy,” Gregg Mast, chief executive of Clean Energy Economy Minnesota, said in a statement. “This report also emphasizes the fact that wind and solar are the cheapest forms of new power generation in the market,” he said. Read more here.

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SOLAR PANEL MANUFACTURING

GCL Plans To Invest $2.5 Billion In World’s Largest Solar Panel Factory, CleanTechnica
A report by Power Technology claims China’s GCL Systems Integration Technology plans to invest more than $2.5 billion to construct the world’s largest solar panel factory. Citing a report by Bloomberg, it says the new facility will be built in eastern Hefei province. According to a regulatory filing with the Shanzen stock exchange, the company says the new factory will be able to produce 60 gigawatts (GW) of solar panels each year, enough to meet half of global demand.

THE ENERGY GANG PODCAST

Does the Economic Crisis Shift the Clean Energy Calculus?, Greentech Media
This week on The Energy Gang: a conversation about keeping the lights on and the money flowing during this unprecedented crisis.

RENEWABLE HYBRID SYSTEMS

Fine tuning the hybrid proposition, by Ben Willis, Energy Storage News
Work to develop the necessary technical backbone for hybrid systems is well underway, with some heavyweight technology companies already well embedded in this emerging space. Notable examples include GE, which has launched a dedicated ‘renewable hybrids’ unit, and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, which has a dedicated test hybrid facility in Spain where it has been trialling solar, wind and various battery technologies in combination. 

TOYOTA GREEN ENERGY

Toyota to enter renewable energy business with new power venture, Recharge
Japanese car giant links with Chubu Electric to set up Toyota Green Energy.