Subscriptions are now open to Xcel Energy customers who are interested in participating in the first-ever community solar garden in Xcel territory.
The community solar garden will be installed on the roof of East Lake Street business Northern Sun. With it’s 5,000 square foot flat roof, it’s prime real estate for solar panels.
The community solar project allows Xcel Energy customers, who otherwise might not be able to install solar panels on their own roof, to still receive the benefits of solar power – namely, credits on their energy bills.
“It’s transformative, it’s the first energy solution in the marketplace that almost 80 percent of consumers can take advantage of — compared to traditional solar that only seven to 30 percent of consumers can because of problems with their property or the cost,” MN Community Solar’s CEO Ken Bradley told Finance & Commerce. “Anyone can subscribe to a project, any rate payer can be part of it.”
The project is led by MN Community Solar and is a result of new legislation that requires Xcel Energy to increase it’s solar energy production to 1.5 percent by 2020, bringing solar power generation from 13 megawatts to an estimated 460 megawatts.
While final details and plans surrounding community solar gardens have yet to be established by state regulators, MN Community Solar is planning on having the solar panels up and running next year.
To find out more information and to subscribe to the community solar garden, visit MN Community Solar.
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