Fwd: Let's put solar on the map in Minnesota!
From: Scott Jackson (sjackzen46gmail.com)
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:48:39 -0800 (PST)
Another day, another PUC comment. It may not bring out the sun, but it
could speed up solar.
Scott Jackson
sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com

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From: Audrey Kingstrom <akingstrom [at] comcast.net>
Date: Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM
Subject: Fwd: Let's put solar on the map in Minnesota!

 Please support more solar energy in our state if you have not already done
so.  See below.  Thanks.  Audrey

-------- Original Message --------  Subject: Let's put solar on the map in
Minnesota!  Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:13:24 -0600 (CST)  From: Jessica
Tritsch, Sierra Club
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Jessica Tritsch, Sierra Club
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Dear Audrey,

*Solar Power or Natural Gas?

*The responsible choice is clear: Send your comment today to keep moving
solar forward in Minnesota!
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*Solar energy is already gaining momentum and creating economic competition
in Minnesota!*

Early this year, a judge recommended a proposal that included a large solar
project over several natural gas proposals to replace Xcel Energy's Black
Dog coal plant. Recognizing the increasingly affordable nature of
large-scale solar, the judge determined that clean energy is the right
choice for Minnesota, not decades of additional pollution from fossil fuels.

Unfortunately, Xcel Energy and the Minnesota Department of Commerce have
sought to undermine that decision, favoring more natural gas, which means
more fracking, more frac-sand mining, and more air and water pollution.

*The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will issue its decision
soon. Send your comment now to demonstrate that Minnesotans want
cost-effective solar, not more dirty fossil fuels.

If approved, the solar project proposed by Edina-based Geronimo Energy
would represent eight times more solar energy than is currently installed
statewide. This major solar victory would create new jobs across the state,
with proposed sites in 17 counties, mostly in central, eastern and
southeastern Minnesota.

Solar jobs are booming in Minnesota and we can't allow pressure from Xcel
and the fossil fuel industry to slow that progress. The recent Minnesota
Solar Jobs Census found a nearly 73% increase in solar jobs in Minnesota in
the last year alone.1 Every $1 million invested in solar energy development
creates about 14 jobs, compared to about five jobs for the same investment
in fossil fuels.2

*Act now to support solar! By approving the Geronimo solar project, the
Minnesota PUC can put our state on the forefront of our country's clean
energy transition.

Solar is here to stay! It's competitive, cost-effective and should be
rewarded for the many benefits it has over dirty and increasingly costly
fossil fuels.

With your help, we can really put solar on the map in Minnesota.


Jessica Tritsch
Minnesota Beyond Coal Campaign
Sierra Club

P.S. After you take action, be sure to forward this
your friends and colleagues!

1. Solar Jobs Census 2013: Jobs increase by 73 percent in
Solar Foundation Report, February 2014.
2. The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean
Political Economy Research Institute, June 2009.

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