As a homeowner, you can go solar in three ways: joining a solar co-op, installing solar panels on your residential property's building(s), or subscribing to a nearby community solar garden.
The best way for homeowners to go solar is to join a solar co-op. MNIPL has partnered with Solar United Neighbors (SUN) to offer two regionally based solar co-ops:
A solar co-op is a collective buying group. It connects you with other homeowners in your area to get better pricing from installers and take advantage of SUN's market knowledge and expertise.
As a co-op member, you not only save on costs, you support installers who value hiring local labor, offering enhanced consumer protection, maintaining advanced professional certifications, and choosing US-made solar products.
Joining a solar co-op is free and does not obligate you to purchase an array. MNIPL and SUN offer this service because our mission is to get more people into renewable energy to solve the climate crisis.
Attend a Solar Co-Op Info Session
Our partners at Solar United Neighbors are offering no-obligation webinars so you can learn about solar energy and the benefits of joining a solar co-op. Information shared in these webinars applies to both the Twin Cities and Duluth/Arrowhead co-ops. Click to register for whichever date works best for you!
Last year, we provided 3 low-income households in Duluth with roof-top solar arrays through a solar grant program and savings gained using a solar co-op. This year, we are working to bring solar to 3 more low-income households. However, available funding is much lower.
To fully subsidize solar for these 3 Duluth families, we need to raise $15,000. Can the wider MNIPL community help this just transition to clean energy happen? Your financial gift makes a very real and direct difference. Thank you!
Community Solar Garden (CSG)
If your home is heavily shaded or otherwise less suitable for installing a direct array, you can go solar by subscribing to a community solar garden. These are large arrays that multiple households buy into for some or all of their electricity.
CSGs reduce your carbon footprint and make renewable energy benefits available to all regardless of income or credit score, whether you rent or own a house, or own a house suitable for solar. And you can participate with no money needed upfront.
Get your electricity directly from the sun for free by installing solar panels on your house! Most utilities also pay you an additional incentive for the electricity you generate. Xcel, for instance, pays customers 7 cents per watt for the first 10 years of your array. Additionally, you receive a federal tax credit of 26% of the cost of your array. Minneapolis residents may qualify for additional incentives. These cost savings mean an exceptional return on investing in a solar array.