Last month, Minnesota's second largest supplier of electricity finished a distributed generation project that included more than half its members.
One year after Xcel Energy's community solar program was launched in Minnesota, only one project has been built. But the utility expects the pace to pick up significantly in the coming year.
A Minnesota town is expecting to see significant cost savings from a unique solar arrangement with a rural cooperative.
Activists representing clean energy, religious and environmental organizations say a Minnesota utility's proposed community solar garden program does little to encourage innovation and economic development.
Jordan, a community of 6,148 residents southwest of Minneapolis, became the largest and one of the first cities in Minnesota to announce it would be offsetting its electric use through community solar.
Three years after unprecedented flooding tore up Duluth streets, the city is working to become more resilient to climate change and lower its carbon footprint.
Utilizing the “idle” ground associated with solar farms, whether 1,000 sq ft or 1,000 acres, to create habitat surely seems like the right thing to do.
Minnesota consumers have new web-based tools to determine the potential financial benefits of enrolling in community solar gardens and to find developers selling subscriptions in their towns and cities.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune recently reported that a developer is considering a lawsuit against Xcel Energy for stalling progress of community solar in Minnesota. “Stall” is generous. In fact, Xcel has obstructed the roll-out of community solar in a deliberate slow walk. It’s been 27 months since the law took effect, but the utility’s own resource plan says it expects just 1 in 7 completed community solar applications (about 40 megawatts) to reach commercial operation after another 15 months, when the 30 percent federal solar tax credit expires. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has been outplayed by the utility’s stall tactics, detailed below.
A Minnesota organization's odyssey is a case study in both the challenges of bringing community solar to a largely rural area