Expanding wind and solar power  – We are supporting businesses, cities, congregations, neighborhoods and condo associations to save energy, and switch to wind and solar electricity

Energy Planning and Implementation Resources for Cities from our November 9 2017 Planning for Resilient Cities Workshop

Energy Planning Resources for Cities updating their Comprehensive Plans

Solar and Wind Power and Energy Efficiency are expanding jobs in Minnesota
More than 57,000 Minnesotans now work in clean energy according to Clean Jobs Midwest www.cleanjobsmidwest.com

Residential Community Solar Gardens

Our first 40 residential subscribers are now participating in a community solar garden with Novel Energy Solutions !

Future availability of residential spots in community solar gardens is uncertain because of changes in rules for new community solar gardens with the public utilities commission.

Contact us to find out how you can add your comments to the MN PUC docket on making future residential community solar gardens financially viable through a residential adder

Background on Community Solar Gardens from MN CERTS


Residential Subscribers in Focus as Minnesota Weighs Community Solar Incentives

Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Apr 22, 2017 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/minnesota-community-solar-adder-puc-2017/
In its filing on providing community solar incentives for residential subscribers, the Department outlined a loose framework for the “adder,” designed to encourage community solar developers to pursue projects accessible that target residential subscribers. The agency pitched an incentive worth $0.025 per kilowatt-hour, to be phased out over time.

Community Solar Garden with the Alliance for Sustainability and MN Community Solar


See our fun YouTube video that explains the benefits of joining a community solar garden: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmYrPGfYlrA 

Through community solar gardens, neighbors join together (like joining a CSA Farm) to purchase their electricity at a discount through a large solar array (2 to 3 acres). Participating households will receive a 10% discount on their monthly electricity bill, while also helping solar become a greater part of our state’s electricity mix.

The Alliance is partering with MN Community Solar/Novel Energy, a wonderful local company that constructed MN’s first community solar gardens and helped develop our state’s Solar Legislation, which is committed to the pollinator pledge and diverse job training/placement. MN Community Solar also received the Good Neighbor and Community Leader recognition in Fresh Energy’s Consumer-Friendly Guide and was featured in the Star Tribune. 

The Alliance and MN Community Solar will offer subscriptions with several 1-megawat solar gardens