Under the state’s program operational community solar capacity in Xcel’s Service area has grown more than four-fold over the last 12 months, with another 381 MW in design or construction.
By doing the research, the partners hope to discover how solar and plant life interact and find effective ways for solar arrays and agricultural lands to co-exist.
Five new projects bring the developer’s community solar portfolio to 66 MW and continues the state’s position as a leader in the space.
The widely praised program, largely under the auspices of Xcel Energy, continues to grow in capacity, with what the utility reports are significant rate-savings for participants.
Minnesota Department of Commerce’s preliminary statistics show the state reaching 717 MW by the end of 2017, with particularly strong growth in the community solar sector.
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council named its 2017 Clean Energy States Honor Roll yesterday, highlighting some its favorite solar success stories at the state level.
The developer continues its nationwide expansion, building 800 MW of solar capacity in North Carolina, South Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York and Vermont alone.
Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards program will be available for small PV systems in Minnesota beginning in 2018, offering incentives for a ten year period.
According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Minnesota’s long ballyhooed community solar program has exploded, with more than 100 projects reaching a capacity of 170 MW of electricity.
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