How Do Community Solar Gardens Work? If you’ve seen lots of solar panels pop up on Minnesota farms over the last two years, there’s a good chance it’s a community solar garden. They are blooming across Minnesota, especially in exurban areas like Dakota, Goodhue and Chisago counties.
Xcel Offering Homeowners Green Energy OpportunitiesXcel Energy is now offering up some new opportunities for people to power their homes using wind and solar energy.
Report: Minnesota's Solar Energy Capacity Made Great Strides In 2016Minnesota's solar energy capacity made great strides in the last year and state officials don't expect the pace of growth to slow down.
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.
Xcel Energy Plans To Retire 2 Of 3 Coal-Fired Sherco UnitsXcel Energy has announced a plan to retire two of the three units at Minnesota's largest power plant, its Sherco facility in Becker.
ND Refuses Endorsement Of Xcel Energy's Solar ProjectsNorth Dakota utility regulators have again refused to endorse a Minneapolis-based company's plans for some solar projects in Minnesota. The Public Service Commission's action Wednesday was the second time this year that the panel shot down Xcel Energy's plans for solar projects.
Cologne Becomes First All-Solar Minnesota CityCologne is the first city in Minnesota to get all of its electricity supplied by the sun.
Minneapolis Company Hosts 'Solar Cookoff' Using Sun-Powered OvensA Twin Cities company is using food to teach people about solar energy. On Saturday, Applied Energy Innovations rolled a solar oven onto the sidewalk, and held a cook-off to demonstrate its power.
For Summer Solstice, A Focus On Solar EnergyCommerce Commissioner Mike Rothman visited the "Tiny Diner' in south Minneapolis Sunday afternoon. It uses 84 solar panels and reflectors to help generate power.
ND Regulators Refuse To Endorse Minnesota Solar ProjectsNorth Dakota regulators aren't endorsing Xcel Energy's plans for some solar projects in Minnesota. The Minneapolis-based power company is proposing the projects to comply with Minnesota's mandate that investor-owned utilities get 1.5 percent of their power from the sun by 2020.
New Concept In Solar Energy Poised To Catch On Across USA new concept in renewable energy is catching fire across the country, allowing customers who might find solar panels too expensive or impractical to buy green energy anyway. Community solar gardens first took off in Colorado a few years ago, and the model — also known as community or shared solar — has spread to Minnesota, California, Massachusetts and several other states.
Construction Begins On New Solar Installation At MSPConstruction of the largest solar energy project in Minnnesota is now underway at the Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport. The new solar installation will be built on the top deck of the Terminal 1 parking ramps. When it's up and running, it will generate enough energy to handle about 20 percent of the airport's power supply.