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Minnesota Solar

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Solar Installed (MW):
617.72
National Ranking:
16th (14th in 2016)
State Homes Powered by Solar:
81,532
Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar:
1.05%
Solar Jobs:
2,872
Solar Companies in State:
162 (29 Manufacturers, 64 Installers/Developers, 64 Others)
Total Solar Investment in State
$584.54 million
Prices have fallen
55% in the last five years
Growth Projection and Ranking:
1,231 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 17th)

Minnesota's 142 solar companies work hard to ensure that the state ranks in the top half of the U.S. for their efforts to expand solar.

2017-Q4-MN

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Notable Solar Installations in Minnesota

  • Slayton Solar Project was completed in 2013 by developer Ecos Energy.  This photovoltaic project is among the largest in Minnesota and has the capacity to generate 2 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 263 homes.5
  • Several large retailers in Minnesota have gone solar, including IKEA, Target and Mortenson Construction. IKEA has installed one of the largest corporate photovoltaic systems in the state with 1  MW of solar capacity at their location in Bloomington.6

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Solar Companies in Minnesota

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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

EnergySage Solar Data Explorer – Minnesota – Review the costs and benefits of installing solar panels in Minnesota, based on real price data from solar quotes.

Footnotes

1All data from SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight unless otherwise noted: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/us-solar-market-insight

2Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly: http://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/#generation

3The Solar Foundation, State Solar Jobs Census: http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/solar-jobs-census/states/

4SEIA, National Solar Database: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/national-solar-database

5SEIA, Major Solar Projects List: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/major-solar-projects-list

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Number Of Installations
2,752