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Minnesota Solar

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Data Current Through:
Q2 2018
Solar Installed (MW):
900.91
National Ranking:
14th (6th in 2017)
State Homes Powered by Solar:
123,731
Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar:
1.55%
Solar Jobs:
4,256
Solar Companies in State:
129 (19 Manufacturers, 51 Installers/Developers, 59 Others)
Total Solar Investment in State
$1225.84 Million
Prices have fallen
47% over the last 5 years
Growth Projection and Ranking:
1,253 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 15th)
Number Of Installations
4,272

2017-YIR-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

Check out our Major Solar Projects List for more notable installations.

Solar Companies in Minnesota

Looking for a local installer? Use the SEIA EnergySage Marketplace to compare quotes and find companies in your area. You can also review the average costs for installing solar in Minnesota, based on real price data from solar quotes.

Don't see your company listed? Complete our National Solar Database Survey!

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

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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