As a homeowner, you can go solar in two ways: installing solar panels on your residential property's building(s) or subscribing to a nearby community solar garden.
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.
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 connects you with other homeowners in your area to get better pricing from installers and take advantage of SUN's market knowledge and expertise. 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.
North High Community Solar Garden
Our friends at Minneapolis Climate Action (MCA) are signing up subscribers for the North High Community Solar Garden. CSGs provide equitable access to local, distributed renewable energy.
Anyone who pays their own Xcel electricity bill and lives in Hennepin County or an adjacent county can participate and save! Click here to learn more about this solar garden.
This program is prioritizing community members with low incomes, but all are invited to fill out the sign up form.
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.