Our first 40 residential subscribers are now participating in a community solar garden with the Alliance for Sustainability and 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

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
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.

solar-gardenSign up to reserve your spot in our Community Solar Garden at:

There is no cost to join. When you sign up you will start seeing a credit on your Xcel bill for the amount of electricity you signed up for when our solar gardens are switched on (by spring). Your monthly subscription payment to MNCS would then start saving you 10% per month on electricity.


See our fun YouTube video that explains the benefits of joining a community solar garden: 

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 near the Twin Cities (with space for about 500 households to participate per garden). Lake Street Energy Challenge and neighborhoods/congregations along Lake Street will help the Alliance to sign up these 500 households!

In addition, we are working with several congregations and neighborhoods to sign up neighbors in our community solar gardens including Transition Longfellow, the Longfellow Community Council, Holy Trinity Lutheran, Christ Church Lutheran, Whittier Alliance, East Isles Neigborhood, ECCO Neighborhood, Corcoran Neighborhood Association, Nokomis East Neighborhood Association, Sustainable Stillwater and the Bloomington Sustainability Coalition

We welcome all neighborhoods and faith communities to join this campaign.