Xcel Energy is launching a new program that it hopes will be a big boost in solar electricity for the Minneapolis-based utility. Instead of installing panels on their rooftops, utility customers can subscribe to a community solar garden, then choose how much solar power to buy or lease. Although it’s still unclear how much the average customer will be charged for participating in the Solar Rewards Community program, they’re expected to save money on electricity bills.
Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight.
A new Minnesota law requiring investor-owned utilities to get more of their electricity from solar power by the year 2020 means farms like the one Doug and Jane Popp own near Royalton are likely to become a more common sight. The Popps’ grain bin is powered by a 10-kilowatt solar array, helping to reduce their electric bill.
Two versions of a bill mandating solar energy for big utilities are heading for a conference committee where compromise legislation should emerge in the final week of Minnesota’s legislative session. The Senate version requires large utility companies to generate 1 percent of power from the sun by 2025.
You’ve heard the question often from someone considering buying an electric car like a Volt or a Leaf: “Where can I charge my car?”
The latest in eco-friendly technology will be on display at The Living Green Expo, which opens this weekend on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
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A group that backs the expanded use of solar power in Minnesota is kicking off a short-film contest.
SunPower Corp.. has finished building a 19-megawatt solar power plant in southern Colorado to supply Xcel Energy Inc. Construction on a second plant is under way.