The Minnesota Solar Garden Program is a solar program created by the State of Minnesota Legislature, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC), and the Department of Commerce (DOC) aimed at expanding access to solar for all Minnesota residences, communities, and businesses. Helpful links to additional information:
All residential, commercial, industrial, municipal and community customers in the public utility service area.
Communities and businesses can participate in solar gardens by leasing land or rooftop space for solar gardens generating an additional revenue stream, while also receiving and using the energy from the solar garden. Communities and businesses have the option to receive the benefits from solar.
So there is a massive amount of questions so which ones are the top ones? I have considered the ones that are the most frequently asked and have presented them with their answers. I have based the following pages on the sources above but in my own words.
Simply put, sunlight hits the panels, which generate an electrical current which is fed into the home via the electrical panel.
It depends on the required amount of energy and as a general rule of thumb, one solar panel offers between 200 and 400 kWh hours per year, so depending on the energy demand it can be determined.
Of course if the panel design and installation variables have been taken into consideration such as home size, sunlight etc
Usually yes but it requires expertise because you will be dealing with dangerous Direct Current electricity and also a certified installer in order to qualify for incentives.
Financial experts, interconnect experts, and other professionals who can help you secure the financial package.
This will depend on each individual’s energy needs, goals, and of course size of building(s) and facilities, sun access, and more. However, in general industry experts claim cost savings of 50% and above.
Not unless your property is heritage listed.
Not an issue, as solar panels can be installed on roofs facing anywhere.
Not a problem with a qualified builder.
Between 3-4 hours for 1.5kW to 1-2 days for 5kW
The panels will work on a lower capacity but will still produce electricity just a little bit less than regular.
Yes there are options
Yes you will still continue receiving a bill.
Yes you do as your solar system generates electricity during peak daylight hours.
Producing energy via a solar energy system helps the environment by reducing the need to burn carbon emitting fossil fuels such as coal and gas.