Fresh Energy

Fresh Energy's mission is to shape and drive realistic, visionary energy policies that benefit all. For over 27 years, Fresh Energy has led Minnesota's transition to a clean energy future. They are strong stewards of environmental sustainability and support future-forward agricultural practices that honor our local community’s land, labor, and resources.

One example of Fresh Energy’s work in this area involves driving forward policies to replace gravel and/or monocrop lawn grass with pollinator habitat on ground-mounted solar sites. In 2016, they worked to establish the nation’s first statewide standard for vegetation on solar sites. Fresh Energy has also helped local beekeepers work with solar developers to place and manage beehives at pollinator-friendly solar arrays in Minnesota. The honey produced is extracted and sold locally, and even used as an ingredient in delicious craft beers and ciders.