Community Solar in Minnesota

With community solar, you can subscribe to a share of a solar farm near you. If you have an electric bill, you can support renewables without installing anything on your property – and save money!

Is community solar available in Minnesota?

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Community Solar Location
Minnesota has long been the national leader for community solar, having more projects and capacity than any other state in the country. And that’s no surprise, especially considering MN’s largest utility company, Xcel Energy, is home to the nation’s largest community solar program (Solar* Rewards). The North Star state first passed community solar legislation in 2013 – it hasn’t stopped growing since!

What is community solar?

Community Solar Example
Local energy plant generates clean, renewable electricity
Subscribers agree to purchase the clean energy from this plant at a discount
Subscribers receive a credit on their utility bill with no change in service

How much can I save with community solar in Minnesota?

Savings differ from program to program, and also vary by month. On average, most community solar subscribers in Minnesota receive a 5-10% discount off of traditional electricity costs over the course of a year.

What are the community solar projects in Minnesota that I can join?

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Community Solar FAQs

Subscription or membership fees vary depending on the project, provider, and payment model – most community solar providers offer $0-down subscription options, while others may charge a small, initial sign-up fee to get you up and running.

Before signing a contract with a community solar provider, it’s important to compare estimated savings, cancellation terms, project location, payment model, subscription fees, and more. Using the Community Energy Marketplace, you can compare multiple local options and find a project that matches your needs.

You’ll still receive a monthly bill from your utility company, but this bill will include any applicable credits from the community solar project. You will also receive a separate bill from your community solar provider for the cost of your share or subscription.

What are the benefits of community solar?

Local Energy

Community solar programs help support local renewable energy jobs and project development in Minnesota, connecting you directly to clean energy projects in your community.

Savings

You can save 5-10% off of your annual electricity costs with community solar.

Accessibility

Unlike rooftop solar, you don’t need to own your property to take advantage of community solar (you just need an electric bill!)

Ease

Many community solar programs have no subscription fee and are easy to opt-out of. Plus, you don’t need to install or maintain any equipment on your property.

Who offers community solar in Minnesota?

There are 1 active community energy projects from 1 companies in Minnesota.

 
Solar Garden

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Community vs. rooftop solar in Minnesota?

Community vs Rooftop

Which option is right for you?
Here’s some of the main differences to keep in mind as you’re deciding between community and rooftop solar:

  • Cost
    Community solar: No upfront cost
    Rooftop solar (ownership): Does have an upfront cost; $0-down financing available
  • Savings
    Community solar: Lower savings
    Rooftop solar (ownership): Maximum long-term savings
  • Accessibility
    Community solar: Available to renters & property owners
    Rooftop solar (ownership): Only available to property owners
  • Maintenance
    Community solar: No maintenance required
    Rooftop solar (ownership): Maintenance may be required and is the responsibility of the system owner
  • Incentives
    Community solar: Not eligible for most solar incentives
    Rooftop solar (ownership): Eligible for state and federal solar incentives (e.g. the federal tax credit)
  • Property value benefits
    Community solar: Has no impact on property value
    Rooftop solar (ownership): Increases property value