Home Owners have two main options for solar in Minnesota-- subscribing to a Community Solar Garden or installing a solar array on your house. Read on for more information and contact MNIPL's Solar Outreach Manager to schedule a 1-on-1 consultation at [email protected].  You can get a quote for an array by filling out our short inquiry form.

You may also want to host a Solar House Party for your congregation or neighborhood.  Solar options vary widely across the state.  You can have MNIPL staff come explain the options in a relaxed setting such as your home or faith community and answer all your questions.  MNIPL staff are happy to help you plan these events. Contact [email protected] to learn more.

Solar Arrays

Residential Solar arrays are a great option for people who own a home.  To get a quote for an array on your home from our trusted solar partner, fill out our short inquiry form.

Installing an array on your home generally offers better cost savings than a Community Solar Garden subscription.  How well suited your home is for solar will depend on a number of factors, such as the age of your roof, how much shading you receive from nearby trees, and the direction/angle the roof slopes.

A strong influence on the finances of a solar array is your current energy provider.  Xcel Energy offers a Solar Rewards Program that pays you a premium for 10 years for the energy your array produces, and Dakota Energy has a similar rewards program. Other electricity providers may or may not offer incentive and rewards program for household solar arrays.

In addition to utility incentives, home owners receive a federal tax credit for installing solar. The federal government will pay back 26% of the total cost of the array on your next tax return. This tax credit is scheduled to drop to 22% in 2021.  Thus, for 2020, the tax credit plus the utility rewards/incentives means the home owners pay only about half the total cost of an array.  If you live in Minneapolis Green Zones you may qualify for even further discounts.

MNIPL then works with companies that give loans specifically for renewable energy projects. You can click here and here to find out more about their models.

About Community Solar Gardens

Community Solar subscriptions are available to many home owners across the state and allow those who cannot or prefer not to install arrays to benefit from solar energy. Minnesota has been a pioneer in Community Solar Gardens since the Legislature passed the state’s first CSG legislation in 2013. Community Solar Gardens allow homeowners or renters to  support clean energy and climate justice and save money on electricity without installing solar panels themselves.

Community Solar Gardens (CSG) are centrally located installations of solar panels that generate enough electricity to power from 20 to 200 households. Home owners and renters can subscribe to one of the these central arrays and get some or all of their power from the sun at a locked-in discount over current fossil-fuel produced energy for up to 25 years.

Learn how subscribing to a Solar Garden helps to restore the earth, supports climate justice and saves money for subscribers.

Request more information about the Community Solar Gardens that MNIPL supports in the Twin Cities and Central and Southern Minnesota.

Solar Champions Learn more about how you can raise awareness about Solar AND raise money for your community.