Learn more about Community Solar Gardens and how you can participate. New legislation in Minnesota has created an opportunity that allows individuals and households to “subscribe” to energy from a solar installation located on a large roof in the community. This gives new options for community members to participate without the need to have a solar installation on their home.
Edina Residents – Learn more about the Edina Community Solar Garden and how you can participate.
The Edina Public Works building is the site for the first city sponsored Community Solar project in Minnesota. All subscriptions are now sold and the project is full. Construction will begin in the spring. You can join the waiting list here and watch for future projects in your area.
The legal background on Community Solar Gardens
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued their long-awaited decision regarding the rate at which community solar garden subscribers will be compensated for the electricity their subscriptions generate. The PUC decided to use the rate our friends at Minnesota Community Solar have advocated for. The compensation rate, called the Applicable Retail Rate (ARR), is a great deal for solar garden subscribers. It assures subscribers get three main benefits:
Compensation for renewable energy production: The ARR includes the value of the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) that accrue to the solar energy that is produced by our customers’ subscriptions. The value of RECs varies slightly among different solar gardens, based on the garden’s size. The rate is a premium payment from Xcel to solar garden subscribers for their contribution to Xcel’s ability to meet its renewable energy goals.
Escalation over time: As the rate Xcel charges for electricity increases, the ARR goes up along with it.
Sustained value over the life of the subscription: The ARR is designed to make sure that the kilowatt hours subscriptions produce will always be more valuable than the kilowatt hours you consume at home.