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Published May 08, 2013, 10:25 AM

Bill requires utility companies in Minnesota to generate 4 percent solar power by 2025

Minnesota may join 16 other states that require their utility companies to generate more power from the sun.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota may join 16 other states that require their utility companies to generate more power from the sun.

The state House has passed a bill that requires investor-owned utilities to get 4 percent of their power from solar sources by 2025. Supporters say the requirement is good for the environment and promotes jobs. But, critics say solar power is unreliable and would lead to increased utility rates.

DFL Rep. Melissa Hortman is chief sponsor of the bill that passed the House Tuesday. The Star Tribune reports Hortman says the solar legislation is modeled after the state's renewable energy policies that have helped Minnesota generate 14 percent of its power from wind farms.

A companion bill in the Senate sets a goal of 1 percent of solar power by 2025.


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