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THE SURPRISING STATE WHERE SOLAR ENERGY IS FLOURISHING

July 21, 2017 By Molly White in

I was surprised that MN is where Solar Energy is taking off. Read this article from OZY to find out more.

Minnesota is on a hot streak in converting sunlight into usable power. The state tripled its solar energy capacity through the first quarter of this year. And, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, it has increased solar output twelve-fold since 2015. The vast majority of that energy has been led by state utility Xcel, including the 100-megawatt North Star and Aurora Solar projects. The Gopher State is the epicenter of one nation-topping experiment: community solar, where multiple clients can subscribe to a single network — called a solar garden — to split costs and avoid the hassle of personally owning housing panels. What’s more, there are 478 approved community solar projects in the production phase — good for nearly another 500 megawatts — and almost 1,000 total in the pipeline. For perspective, at the end of last year, only about 120 megawatts total existed in community solar projects nationwide. 

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