Renewable Energy

Courtesy Black Hills Corp.

Black Hills Corporation is setting new goals to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. 


In The Moment ... August 9, 2018 Show 397 Hour 1

MIT Solve Fellow Phyllis Young previews the Oceti Sakowin Energy Summit August 12-13 on the Standing Rock Reservation.

Fellows will bring ideas and advice on renewable energy, food, water, economic prosperity, sovereignty and more.

Young is also an organizer for the Lakota People's Law Project.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Associate Professor Phil Ahrenkiel has been awarded a $179,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to research next-generation solar cells. Dr. Ahrenkiel will develop a novel approach to using earth-abundant metal aluminum to improve commercializable photovoltaic solar cells for low-cost renewable energy.

Pierre Solar Project Set To Be Largest In State

Jul 19, 2016
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A 4,200 panel solar farm near Pierre is set to be complete in October.  Officials say it’s set to be the largest solar farm in the state.  It will supply Pierre residents with one megawatt of electricity.

The Pierre Solar Project is located at Pierre Regional Airport.  It totals 8.5 acres in size.  Officials say the developers selected the site the as the best location out of other areas in South Dakota and Iowa.

SD Scientists Welcome Renewable Research Boost

Dec 7, 2015

World leaders are meeting in Paris to hash out a new agreement on the best way to deal with climate change.   As part of the effort President Barak Obama announced a doubling in funding for renewable energy research.   
This could have a direct impact on on-going research into new biofuels in South Dakota.
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Professor Jim Stone is part of a team of scientists researching the potential for oil seeds as a renewable fuel crop.

Kealey Bultena

The United States House is on recess, and Congresswoman Kristi Noem is back in South Dakota. Tuesday the state’s lone Representative spoke in Sioux Falls at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon. She then met with some young professionals for a discussion about issues they see.

Men with careers in finance, politics, law and technology have questions for Congresswoman Kristi Noem.  Yannick Laroche is a production manager in wind energy.

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Advocates for renewable energy say the industry brings economic benefits to the Dakotas. A new report from a coalition supporting renewable fuels shows the industry is responsible for jobs, wages and output in the billions of dollars.