MNIPL In the News: 2019
From Prison to a Career in Solar, Sierra Club Magazine, June 10, 2019. Levi of the Returning Relatives Initiative, co-organized by MNIPL, wrote an essay for Sierra Club magazine about his journey to becoming a solar installer.
Standing Rock Fights On: Tribal Activism Goes Solar, Rolling Stone Magazine, June 4, 2019. MNIPL staff member Bob Blake featured and quoted in Rolling Stone!
Blue Earth Project Podcast feat. Briana Baker, MNIPL. Briana discusses MNIPL programs and the benefits of supporting community solar.
Xcel Energy, others push changes to state's community solar program. Minnesota Public Radio, March 1, 2019. MNIPL Executive Director Julia Nerbonne quoted, speaking about the importance of Minnesota's community solar program.
Faith leaders and lawmakers press Walz about Line 3 pipeline. AP, February 8, 2019. Faith leaders gathered at the Capitol on Friday to urge Gov. Tim Walz to oppose Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement.
MNIPL In the News: 2018
Partners for Affordable Housing joins solar cooperative; Savings could reach $100,000. Mankato Free Press, November 9, 2018. Partners in Affordable Housing recently subscribed 17 units to the MNIPL / Just Solar Coalition community solar garden in Southern Minnesota. MNIPL's Briana Baker is quoted in the article.
400 Lideres de fe Pidan Votar por el Amor (400 LEADERS OF FAITH ASK TO VOTE FOR LOVE). El Minnesota de Hoy, November 5, 2018. Story on the faith leader letter organized by MNIPL, calling on Minnesotans to vote for candidates whose policies treat all human beings with dignity.
Regulators to decide: Does Minnesota need natural gas to transition to renewable energy? Minnesota Public Radio, October 18, 2018. MNIPL's Bret Pence is quoted in the audio version of this story, questioning the need for the proposed fracked gas plant near Lake Superior.
Groups urge PUC to deny power plant plans. KBJR6, October 15, 2018. MNIPL Northern Minnesota Director Bret Pence is quoted, speaking about the risks of the proposed natural gas facility in Superior, WI.
What churches get wrong (and how to repopulate them), Star Tribune, September 22, 2018. MNIPL Board Chair Dwight Wagenius is quoted in the final paragraph, speaking of social action within faith communities.
The Power of Minnesota documentary (20 min), 2018. Features the Shiloh Temple community solar project in Minneapolis and the American Indian Community Housing Organization solar installation in Duluth. Full documentary available online here.
Community Solar Garden construction to begin near Janesville, The Free Press, September 2, 2018. Features Briana Baker, MNIPL Southern Minnesota coordinator, talking about the new Janesville, MN community solar array and how to get involved.
How Houston's recovering from a hurricane boosted by climate change, Minnesota Public Radio Climate Cast, August 30, 2018. MNIPL Executive Director Julia Nerbonne featured on NPR's Climate Cast speaking about the Just Solar Coalition and community solar, starting at 6:20.
Bemidji Line 3 pipeline protest indicates renewed opposition after regulatory approval, Minnesota Public Radio, August 29, 2018. Story features MNIPL Board Chair Dwight Wagenius, minister at Mayflower Church in Minneapolis.
Does Minneapolis plan rely too much on renewable energy credits? Midwest Energy News, August 3, 2018.
Community solar installation begins in Edina. Sun Current, July 18, 2018.
Environmental questions for District 8 candidates. Duluth Reader, August 2, 2018.
Religious Leaders Speak Out Against Enbridge Line 3 as Vote Looms this Month. Healing MN Stories, June 5, 2018.
Minnesota religious leaders oppose new Enbridge oil pipeline. Star Tribune, June 4, 2018.
Religious leaders oppose proposed Minnesota oil pipeline. Washington Post, June 1, 2018.
Community Solar Garden will be latest economic addition to West Broadway corridor on North Side. Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 4, 2018.
Solar Array Intended to Power Jobs on Minneapolis’ North Side. Minnesota Public Radio, March 9, 2018. A description of our Blessing of the Roof at Shiloh Temple International Ministries.
Beer, but to get your attention on climate change. National Public Radio Climate Cast, March 15, 2018. Listen at minute 9:27 for the Story of Just Solar Coalition Member Keith Dent who MNIPL co-leads the Just B Solar camp.
Larson, City Leading for the Environment, Duluth News Tribune, January 7th, 2018. Editorial was written by MNIPL leadership team members.
Minnesota Power plant in Superior draws opposition, Reader Weekly, Duluth, Feb 22, 2018, quoting Arrowhead Regional Network Director, Bret Pence. More great coverage of this work in these articles, here, here, and here.
Roseville church offers info sessions on Minnesota pipeline and mining proposals, Pioneer Press, Feb 14, 2018.
Greenspace: Local clean energy projects awarded seed grant funding, Post Bulletin, Feb 13, 2018.
MNIPL In the News: 2017
New Co-op Vows to Expand Reach of MN Solar Power, Public News Service, September 6th, 2017
Minnesota community solar projects aimed at low-income subscribers, Midwest Energy News, July 6th, 2017
Non-profits educate MN Power customers on proposed rate increase, KBJR6 News, June 6th, 2017
Cross-Cultural Urban garden unites neighbors and a business in a healthy mission impacting climate change, The Alley Newspaper, June 7th, 2017.
The Wonderful Story of the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden and the Community it is Growing, Healing MN Stories, May 19, 2017.
14-year-old with Hollywood ambitions debuts environmental documentary, Fox 9, May 18, 2017.
Erin Pratt on WCCO Radio, WCCO, May 17, 2017. You can catch Erin's whole segment with Jordana Green on 5/17 in the 10pm hour. Erin's piece starts just before the 38th minute.
Mpls. H.S. Freshman Ready To Premiere New Film, ‘All In The Circle’ WCCO, May 17, 2017.
Q&A with a 14-Year-Old Film Director, MPLS St Paul Magazine, May 17, 2017.
All in the Circle on Fox9, Fox 9 Morning Buzz, May 15, 2017.
Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden Planting & Potluck, KSTP News, May 12th, 2017.
Hundreds turn out in Minneapolis for march opposing Trump administration's policies on climate, Star Tribune, April 29th, 2017. Coverage of the local Minneapolis People's Climate March happening in solidarity with the national march in Washington D.C.
People's Climate March to be held in Duluth, Duluth News Tribune, April 26th, 2017
UCC Churches to focus on climate change with Earth Day, People's Climate March UCC.org, April 18th, 2017. Coverage of people of faith making their way to the People's Climate March, featuring our incredibly generous hosts at Cleveland Park Congregational UCC and our own Claire Curran.
MNIPL In the News: 2016
Camp shines light on solar energy for kids, Minnesota Public Radio, August 22nd 2016.
Local view: Minnesota Power interested only in self with solar proposal, Duluth News Tribune, May 7th, 2016. Covers our work on truly community solar in the Northland.
In St. Peter, MN, a Solar Fee Blossoms, ILSR, May 2nd, 2016. MNIPL Campaign Coordinator Claire Curran and MNIPL River Prairie Network Member Faith Wicklund quoted about our work in St Peter to support solar and bring Just Community Solar to St Peter and beyond.
Community Forum a Good Conversation on Solar Energy, St Peter Herald, April 6th, 2016. Letter to the editor by MNIPL River Prairie Network member Faith Wicklund about our Community Forum on Solar in St Peter.
Clean energy is about keeping people healthy, MinnPost, April 1st, 2016. Commentary co-written by MNIPL Board Member, Teddie Potter about the connection between health and climate.
St Peter residents, staff talk solar future, Mankato Free Press, March 31st, 2016. Article about our Community Forum in St Peter on solar and bringing Just Community Solar to St Peter.
Thou Shalt Not Toss Food: Enlisting Religious Groups To Fight Waste, NPR, January 18th, 2016. Check out this piece from NPR featuring our friends at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis!