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Solar power could be huge in Greater Minnesota -- if they can find the people to build it
by Frank Bures

MinnPost (Minnesota)    Translate This Article
16 May 2018

On 16 May 2018 MinnPost (Minnesota) reported: Ben Butcher and his wife live on a small farm on the outskirts of Backus, Minnesota, where they raised their four kids. He used to work as an automotive mechanic, which is where he got his first experience working with direct current -- the kind of electricity that comes out of solar panels. These days, Butcher works with a lot more of it -- kilowatts, in fact -- as a solar installer. Like a growing number of people in the state, he makes his living directly from the sun. ... in Minnesota the sector is stronger than in most states. Last year solar jobs dropped 4 percent nationwide, while in Minnesota they rose 48.2 percent to a total of 4,256, according to the Solar Jobs Census. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

... Pasi cites other economic benefits from solar besides employment. For example, in 2016 IPS built a 5 megawatt solar garden in Red Wing. Building the array meant about 50 construction jobs, but once the installation was finished it didn't need much maintenance -- just one half-time position doing vegetation control, snow removal and monitoring production. At the same time, the school that owns the land will still earn around $7 million over the next over 25 years in saved energy costs and from leasing the land.

Farmers, too, are finding that by putting solar panels on their barns, or in their fields, they can earn up to two to three times as much as planting crops on the same land, while also lowering their electric bill.

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