DALL.E graphic created by Carolyn Fortuna/CleanTechnica

Local Union Workers Power Minnesota’s Fast-Growing Clean Energy Industry

Laura Yoder, a single mother who worked as a waitress, bartender, and food distribution center manager, became self-sufficient in 2003 when she joined the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 405 in Rochester, Minnesota. Yoder received specialized, hands-on training from the union that enabled her to move up … [continued]

An Argonne scientist surveys for pollinators at a utility-scale solar facility. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory/Lee Walston.)

Insect Populations Flourish in the Restored Habitats of Solar Energy Facilities

Two solar facilities built on rehabilitated agricultural land were restored with native plants. Argonne researchers observed pollinators thrive. Bumblebees buzz from flower to flower, stopping for a moment under a clear blue Minnesota sky. Birds chirp, and tall grasses blow in the breeze. This isn’t a scene from a pristine … [continued]