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Minnesota community solar receives boost from U.S. Solar funding

| Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 27, 2017 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

PV Magazine – June 27, 2017

Written by Frank Andorka

The Midwest may be late to the solar party, but not all its states are lagging. Take Minnesota, for example.

Experts almost unanimously agree the Land of 10,000 Lakes is the leader in the region for solar, in part thanks to an aggressive renewable energy standard (RES) and a public-service commission willing to protect consumer reimbursement rates. One of the most important factors in its growth, however, has been its community solar program.

“Minnesota is booming because of community solar, the solar energy standard and a strong commission holding the line on fair compensation for solar producers,” said John Farrell, director of democratic energy for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), based in Minnesota. “When you combine those kinds of factors, we can see that there’s a huge opportunity for low-cost solar to provide power where the grid can use it.”

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