After Minnesota passed enabling legislation in 2013, the solar industry has had high hopes for community solar in the state. However, to say that progress has been slow may be an understatement.
A website tracking community solar lists only seven with less than 600 kW of combined capacity in Minnesota. In the service area of the states largest utility, Xcel Energy, only four projects have been put online for a total of around 400 kW, as of the utilitys latest regulatory filing.
This is set to change in the next few months. Yesterday Mortenson Construction, one of the nations largest renewable energy engineering, procurement and construction contractors, announced that it has broken ground on the first of eight community solar projects totaling 11 MW. Mortenson expects these projects to come online by early 2017, and to begin work on more projects next year…
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