Minnesota’s Solar Workforce Has More Than Doubled Since 2015

A survey conducted by nonprofit organization The Solar Foundation found Minnesota’s solar job total has increased from 1,995 in 2015 to 4,602 in 2018, making it 15th in the nation for solar workforce size.

Ecolab Acquiring Geneva-Based Training Solutions Provider Lobster Ink

The deal is aimed at helping Ecolab customers better understand its work in hygiene, food safety, and related products and practices.

Allete Announces Sale of U.S. Water Services, Inc. For Approximately $270 Million

The sale to global water management company Kurita Water Industries will allow Allete to invest in more clean energy opportunities.

Ecolab Spinning Off $2.4B Upstream Energy Business Into Independent Public Company

The St. Paul-based water and energy giant is spinning off the business – which deals with oil field chemicals production and well drilling and chemistry – in response to its growth and changing management needs.

Ecolab to Acquire Cleaning Products Supplier Holchem, Makes Offer for Bioquell

The price and specifics of the deal were not disclosed, but by teaming up with Holchem, a supplier of hygiene and cleaning products, Ecolab is looking to better serve European markets.

Xcel Energy Buying Mankato Energy Center for $650M

Current plant employees will be offered positions with Xcel following the transaction.

Xcel Energy, Google Team Up to Improve Energy Efficiency of Xcel Customers

The collaboration involves connecting Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy with consumers through Google Assistant. The Xcel features of the voice-action technology will evolve over time.

Xcel Energy Terminating Grant Awarded for St. Anthony Falls Hydro Facility, City Officials Pleased

Mayor Jacob Frey and City Council member Steve Fletcher praised an Xcel and Public Utilities Commission decision to pull funding for the Crown Hydro project, as it’s no longer favored by the city or public.

Registration Opens Wednesday for Xcel Energy Electric Vehicle Savings Pilot Program

The two-year program, approved by state officials in April, will verify expected carbon footprint cuts and cost savings of at-home charging equipment, installation and energy usage for vehicle owners.

Xcel Energy Elects Former Padilla CEO Lynn Casey to Its Board

Casey’s addition to Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy’s board was made effective immediately.

Solar’s Future is Bright in Greater MN, But Demand is Outstripping Available Talent

Last year solar jobs dropped 4 percent nationwide, while in Minnesota they rose 48.2 percent. Many installers complain that they can’t get enough labor for the demand.

Minneapolis Moves Towards Sustainability with 100 Percent Renewable Electricity Plan

The city’s latest commitment also stresses bringing underserved communities into the fold, pursuing environmental improvements despite actions elsewhere in government.

State Commission Approves Xcel’s Savings Program for Electric Vehicle Owners

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will allow a rollout of a program testing a new, more efficient solution for at-home charging.

Envirolastech Raising $1M in Preparation for Expansion

The St. Charles-based company expects to have two additional manufacturing plants operating by the end of 2019.

Ecolab Expects $29M Earnings Boost Due to Tax Overhaul

The water and energy company plans to give $25 million to its nonprofit Ecolab Foundation.

Ecolab Purchases NY-based Cascade Water Services

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Ecolab did admit Cascade had sales last year of approximately $35 million.

The "War on Coal" is Over

Utilities say market forces and new technology, not politics, have dethroned “King Coal.”

How St. Paul’s Ecolab Got Started from a Stain on the Carpet

Founded in 1923 as Economics Laboratory, by 2017 Ecolab employed 38,000 workers in over 170 countries.

Ecolab CEO Doug Baker Jr. Named TCB’s 2017 Person of the Year

Baker earned the recognition for his work growing Ecolab and the state’s economy.

Cargill Expanding Biodiesel Operations, Plans to Build $90M Plant in Kansas

The Wayzata-based company already operates biodiesel plants in the nearby states of Iowa and Missouri.

CHS Promotes Jay Debertin to President and CEO

He succeeds Carl Casale, who led the company through record sales and earnings growth.

Ten K Solar ‘Discontinuing’ Its Operations

Less than a year and a half ago, the company raised $25 million from investors.

Ecolab Expands Operations In Auto Industry With Abednego Buy

Abednego ran a $40-million-a-year business within the auto industry serving companies like Kia, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Chrysler and more.

Rochester Startup Envirolastech To Open First Production Facility

The company uses a unique thermoplastic (made from recycled garbage) to manufacture building materials.

SoCore Scoops Up $80M In MN Solar Garden Projects From Bankrupt Co.

The 22 solar garden installations, once completed next year, will bring an additional 140 megawatts of power to the state.

Matthew Stock Chosen As CEO Of Newly Bankrupt Essar Steel Minnesota

Stock replaces former CEO Madhu Vuppuluri, who has been repositioned within the capital management division of Essar Steel Minnesota’s parent company.

Xcel Ranked Fourth For Renewable Energy Nationwide

The electric provider was only outranked by California-based utilities.

Minneapolis Inks Electricity Deal With Solar Garden Operators

The city estimates it will save $28,000 this year on electricity through the agreement.

Minnesota On Track To Be A Top Solar State In 2016

The state is seeing one of largest solar expansions in the country.

Study: Minnesota’s Clean Energy Sector To Create 2,300 Jobs By Next Year

A recent report said the state’s clean energy workforce is expected to grow by 4.4 percent over the next 12 months.

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