The increasing use of solar power in Minnesota is proof that solar is viable in the northern latitudes. In fact, the state is now ranked 28th in the nation with its total solar capacity of 33 megawatts. This is enough electricity for 4,100 homes.
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Here are some key numbers about The North Star State’s solar installation activity to date;*
- There are more than 136 solar companies operating in Minnesota. They actively employ about 2,000 people.
- A total of 13 megawatts of solar was installed in the state last year. Minnesota claimed the 25th spot for solar installations for that year.
- Prices are significantly lower in the state – 22 percent lower than the previous year.
- $31 million of solar investments were made in the state for 2015.
Minnesota is now home to some large sized solar panel installations. These include the Slayton Solar Project and the IKEA Bloomington install at 2 megawatts and 1 megawatt, respectively. The Marshall Solar Energy Project has been proposed for an install near Marshall, Minnesota. The project would be about 62 megawatts. Solar gardens are also planned which could provide as much as 200 megawatts for the state’s power customers.
The state has a solid net metering policy. Sizes for residential applications can be as large as 40 kilowatts. Customers are compensated at the retail rate for their excess solar. The aggregate capacity limit is 4 percent of annual electricity sales. This is higher than many states.**
A total of 25 percent of electrical generation must be met by renewables according to the state’s Renewables Portfolio Standard. The state also has a progressive solar goal of 10 percent by 2030.**
Solar contractors can be found throughout most of the state. A total of approximately 47 installers are actively doing jobs in Minnesota. Many can be found in the Minneapolis area including; Bloomington, Burnsville, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids, Eden Prairie, and Woodbury. Installers also service St. Paul, Duluth, Rochester, Mankato, Willmar, Alexandria, Pine River, and Granite Falls to name a few.
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*Information and figures gathered from seia.org.
**Information and figures gathered from dsireusa.org.