Solar panels at Dow Diamond in Rep. Gary Glenn's district.

Michigan tea party legislator pushing for more clean energy

A Michigan lawmaker more widely known for his strongly conservative positions on social issues may be an unlikely ally for those pushing for more clean energy here. State Rep. Gary Glenn, a first-term Tea Party Republican, says he is preparing to release an energy package next month that would encourage distributed generation and allow ratepayers to buy renewable energy from alternative suppliers.

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Solar farms grow at wastewater plants in Minnesota

In early June, workers began installation of a $3.5 million solar farm next to the Blue Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant, part of an ambitious plan by a Twin Cities regional government agency to use marginal land it owns for solar installations. Another solar farm and community solar gardens are also in the works.