If you’re thinking about going solar in Minnesota, you’ll need to know some key things.
Minnesota is surprisingly good for solar
Although Minnesota’s cold and snowy winters might lead you to believe that Minnesota isn’t an ideal place for solar, the opposite is actually true. Minnesota’s cooler but relatively sunny spring, summer, and fall seasons often provide optimal solar energy production conditions.
Minnesota is among the solar leaders
Among states in the Upper Midwest, Minnesota is one of the top producers of solar energy and solar related jobs. The growing popularity of solar in the state has resulted in a significant reduction in the cost of installing solar. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), solar installations’ price has fallen 45 percent over the last five years, making it one of the most affordable places to install solar in the country.
A solar-friendly state
Minnesota has been a solar-friendly state for many years now and continues to develop solar-friendly programs and policies. The state’s net metering law requires all utilities to provide the services for all solar power systems less than 40 kW. Additionally, Minnesota was the first state to adopt the IEEE solar interconnection standard, which makes connecting your solar panels to the grid easier.
Many of the state’s utility companies and cooperatives, including Minnesota’s largest utility company (Xcel Energy), offer incentive programs for customers who install a qualified solar photovoltaic system on their home or business. These incentives are typically limited, so you’ll want to work with a qualified installer who can help you identify which programs your project qualifies for. When coupled with the federal solar Incentive Tax Credit (ITC), these state-level incentives can result in huge savings on the cost of installing and owning a solar photovoltaic system.
To learn more about going to readily available renewable solar energy in Minnesota, contact an All-Energy solar representative.