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Bob Blake Appointed to Governor’s Workforce Development Board

Congratulations to MNIPL staff member Bob Blake of Red Lake Nation on his appointment to Governor Walz’s Workforce Development Board! Bob started one of Minnesota’s first minority-owned solar companies, Solar Bear. He brings experience creating job opportunities for diverse communities in the solar industry. Bob played a key role in launching the Returning Relatives Initiative, a prison-to-solar…

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Clean Cars for Minnesota: Submit your comment by December 6th

Minnesota’s largest source of carbon pollution isn’t power plants – it’s our transportation sector. Earlier this fall, Governor Walz announced a major initiative to address this problem, rolling out Clean Car Standards to reduce emissions, protect public health, and help Minnesotans save on energy costs. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is gathering public feedback on…

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MNIPL is hiring! Solar Outreach Manager

We are hiring! MNIPL is currently accepting applications for our Solar Outreach Manager position. Application review begins November 25th; position open until filled. To apply, send resume and cover letter to [email protected] Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light Solar Outreach Manager Created: November 5, 2019 JOB DESCRIPTION The Solar Outreach Manager will engage a dynamic market with innovative…

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Support Cleaner Cars in Minnesota

Minnesota’s getting ready to make a change. Governor Tim Walz recently announced the Minnesota Clean Car Standards, a set of administrative rules aimed at reducing air pollution and carbon emissions from vehicles. This is an important step in cutting our dependence on fossil fuels and improving the health of our communities. And it’s only moving…

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Community Solar Opportunities for Southern Minnesota

Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light is partnering with Minnesota based solar provider Cooperative Energy Futures to offer subscriptions to community solar gardens in southern Minnesota. Cooperative Energy Futures is committed to making locally produced clean energy accessible to all no matter their income. Upfront costs are only $25 and no on-site installation is necessary. Xcel…

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My testimony on Xcel Energy’s 15-year plan

MNIPL Board Member John Dunlop delivered this testimony a public hearing on Xcel Energy’s proposed 15-year plan in St. Cloud, MN on October 23, 2019. The outcome of Xcel’s 15-Year Energy Plan or (IRP) will determine whether this 70% of Xcel’s power will be replaced with more nuclear, fracked natural gas, and monopoly-owned wind and…

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Second Annual Gathering at the Headwaters

Following the Global Climate Strike, MNIPL, the RISE Coalition, and Honor the Earth camped out by the Headwaters of the Mississippi River for our second annual weekend-long community Gathering and prayer circle. Some of us packed up our bags and drove up in the afternoon right after the strike on September 20th, setting up tents…

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Clarks Grove community solar array is live!

For a few years now, MNIPL has worked in close partnership with Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF) to expand participation in cooperative solar energy. We’re excited to announce that the 1.3 MW community solar garden in Clarks Grove, MN (pictured above) is now fully subscribed and operational. MNIPL played a key role in this outcome and…

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Sign the Climate Emergency Petition!

We are in a Climate Emergency. As people of faith, it is our moral responsibility to speak truth to what is happening around us. Please join us and call on our decision-makers to declare a Climate Emergency and take bold action on climate. Please sign this petition online or print a version to use in…

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Volunteer Highlight: Sam Kinzel

Thanks to Sam Kinzel for volunteering with MNIPL this summer to help mobilize for the climate strike! Here’s more about Sam: Hello! My name is Sam, and I’m an Eden Prairie native attending school out west, at Whitman College. I spent my earlier years of community engagement in and out of my home parish of…

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