Incentive Program Helps Minn. Homeowners Go GreenWe have all heard about the benefits of solar energy, but the cost can make that transition difficult. Solar panel installation on a home in Minnesota averages between $20,000 and $40,000.
MSP Airport Throws Switch On Giant Solar FarmSunny skies at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are not just good for takeoffs and landings -- it will now mean producing electricity for the sprawling complex. A giant solar grid, comprised of 8,705 individual collector panels, is now turning sunshine into three million watts of power.
Metro Transit Installs Solar Panels On Bus GaragesA lot of people try to be more energy efficient by using mass transit. Now, mass transit is turning to solar power to match that commitment.
ND Regulators To Review Xcel Energy's Solar ProjectsA Minneapolis-based power company is again asking North Dakota regulators to endorse plans for some solar projects in Minnesota.
Cologne Becomes Minnesota's 1st Solar-Powered TownA Minnesota town has become the first in the state to source 100 percent of its electricity with power from the sun. Cologne has a population of 1,500 people in Carver County. The city council voted to subscribe to a community solar garden .
$250M Solar Power Project Gets OK From Minnesota RegulatorsA $250 million solar power project that's expected to become the largest of its kind in Minnesota received approval Thursday from state regulators.
Great-Grandma Says She’s Going Solar For Her GrandchildrenSolar power technology is coming to the city of Plymouth, and it's all thanks to a great-grandmother who's passionate about her family's future.
Xcel Offering Customers Solar PowerXcel 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.
Electric-Car Drivers Trading Gas For Solar PowerOwners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight.
New Minn. Solar Law Boost To Fledgling IndustryA 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.
Solar Power Bills Headed For Conference CommitteeTwo 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.
Ramp Boasts New Electric Car Charging StationsYou've heard the question often from someone considering buying an electric car like a Volt or a Leaf: "Where can I charge my car?"