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Solar Powering Minnesota Conference is sold out; Rabago added as keynote


The Solar Powering Minnesota Conference on March 7 in Saint Paul is sold out. A waitlist has been created in case cancellations are received.

Karl Rabago, principal at Rabago Energy LLC, will deliver a lunchtime keynote address about the value of solar for sustainable solar markets in Minnesota. Rabago has 20 years of experience in electricity policy and regulation, energy markets development and energy technology development.

Minh Le, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Program manager, will kick off the daylong conference as the other keynote speaker. Minh Le helps manage the research, development, demonstration, and deployment programs for the national SunShot Initiative.

The conference will focus on growing solar power in Minnesota. Utility representatives, policymakers, lenders, developers and contractors, local governments, and training and workforce development professionals will convene at the University of St. Thomas to learn and connect about solar programs, incentives, and resources to help solar power shine.

The conference agenda includes special tracks on:

  • Minnesota Policy and Programs, with updates on Minnesota solar legislation, the state of solar development in Minnesota, and a utility panel on Minnesota community-shared solar programs.
  • Minnesota Energy Studies, with discussion on three recent reports: Scoping an Energy Future Study, The Value of Solar Heating and Cooling in Minnesota, and a White Paper Analysis of Utility-Managed, On-Site Energy Storage in Minnesota.
  • Project Financing, covering commercial, emerging and consumer financing mechanisms.
  • Solar-Ready Communities, with sessions on local government solar development; strategies for spurring local market development; and permitting, planning and zoning resources.

The conference is presented by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association and Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams. Conference partners include the University of St. Thomas; Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources; Minnesota Renewable Energy Society; CR Planning; and the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA).  Read more about the conference.