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Minnesota's 136 solar companies work hard to ensure that the state ranks in the top half of the U.S. for their efforts to expand solar.

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Facts on the Minnesota Solar Industry

 
  • There are currently more than 143 solar companies1 at work throughout the value chain in Minnesota, employing 1,995 people2.
  • In 2015, Minnesota installed 13 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 25th nationally. Installed solar capacity in Minnesota has grown by 116% over the last year. 
  • In 2015, $31 million was invested on solar installations in Minnesota.  This represents a 106% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year. 
  • The 33 MW of solar energy currently installed in Minnesota ranks the state 28th in the country in installed solar capacity.  There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 4,200 homes.
  • Over the next five years, Minnesota is expected to install 1,164 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking the state 16th over that time span. This amount is more than 39 times the amount of solar installed over the last five years.
  • Installed solar PV system prices in the U.S. have dropped steadily- by 12% from last year and 66% from 2010.

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Notable Solar Installations in Minnesota

  • Slayton Solar Project was completed in 2013 by developer Ecos Energy.  This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 2 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 300 Minnesota homes4
  • Several large retailers in Minnesota have gone solar, including Mortenson Construction. IKEA has installed one of the largest corporate photovoltaic systems in the state with 1,014 kW of solar capacity at their location in Bloomington5.

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Solar Companies in Minnesota

There are currently more than 143 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Minnesota.  These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels.  These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 26 manufacturers, 10 manufacturing facilities, 48 contractor/installers, 12 project developers, 7 distributors and 50 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.

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How much do solar panels cost in Minnesota? 

Solar panel costs have fallen significantly in the last 5 years and now installing solar panels can be one of the best investments you can make for your home. There are also now a lot of products on the market utilizing sophisticated financing vehicles to make solar panels for your home affordable. This website will show you the average retail price of installing home solar panels in Minnesota.

Solar rebates and solar tax credits in Minnesota.

Solar incentives are offered at the utility, county, state and federal level. These solar incentives can take various forms including solar tax credits, up front solar rebates, premium feed in tariffs (known as net metering) or solar production incentives.The eligibility and rules for each incentive program can vary greatly. This solar panel calculator allows you to enter your address and it will tell you what solar incentives will apply at your house and the value of these if you go solar.

Finding the right solar company for you:

There are many solar companies in Minnesota offering a wide variety of brands and options. This consumer reviews website will show you the consumer ratings of each solar installer that services your area and will also show you what brands of solar panels.

Minnesota State Solar Policy Resources

Public Utilities Commission - Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Minnesota public utilities

Department of Commerce - Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics

State Legislature - Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Minnestota

DSIRE incentives database - Minnesota - Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Minnesota and across the United States

U.S. Energy Information Administration - Minnesota State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government

 

2The Solar Foundation, 2015 National and State Solar Jobs Census, www.thesolarfoundation.org/solar-jobs-census/
3This and all other data in this section from SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight
 
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