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Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program Is The Best

September 10th, 2018 | by John Farrell

I’ve been asked a lot of questions about Minnesota’s community solar program over the past couple years and it’s time to make one thing clear: Minnesota’s program is the best in the country. Why? Because there 10 times more community solar projects in the queue -- 400 megawatts -- in Minnesota than have been built in the history of community solar in the United States (40 megawatts)


The State(s) Of Distributed Solar — 2017 Update

May 29th, 2018 | by John Farrell

Energy production from renewable sources continues to expand in the US at a rapid clip, thanks in no small part to the substantial growth of solar energy -- and distributed solar in particular -- in recent years. More states than ever are making solar a priority. But where have these gains been greatest, and what are the economic implications for residents from one state to the next


43 US State Governments & DC Worked On EV Legislation In 2017

March 16th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

In addition to the US federal tax credit for plug-in electric vehicle purchases, there’s a smorgasbord of state incentives and policies that affect electric drivers. In fact, according to a new report from the NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC), 43 states and the District of Columbia took some type of action having to do with EVs during


Community Solar & Value Of Solar Under Review in Minnesota

March 5th, 2018 | by John Farrell

Minnesota’s leading community solar program is about to go through its first major change, from using net metering retail compensation (plus a credit payment) to using Minnesota’s value of solar payment. Unlike other states that have torpedoed net metering, Minnesota’s alternative compensation actually takes into account the value of solar energy to the utility, the grid, and society.


Video: Minnesota SEIA — Gateway to Solar Presentation

February 26th, 2018 | by John Farrell

In September of 2017, ILSR Energy Democracy initiative director John Farrell spoke in front of the Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association‘s Midwest Gateway to Solar event. In his talk he spoke about the importance of sound renewable energy policies that enable growth in locally-owned solar energy and how massive electric utilities are doing their best to harm locally-owned renewables.


Slow-To-Accelerate EV Charging Program Provides Lessons For Improvement

November 16th, 2017 | by John Farrell

Minnesota’s largest investor-owned utility, Xcel Energy, last month reported sparse participation in a program designed to deliver value to customers who charge their electric vehicles when it’s most convenient for the grid. But despite its benefits for the grid and cost savings for customers, the initiative appears stuck in neutral.


Minnesota Regulators Eye Subcommittee To Resolve Distributed Generation Disputes

October 20th, 2017 | by John Farrell

Better technology and falling costs for years have buoyed the clean energy economy, steadily putting rooftop solar, energy efficiency, and other distributed energy resources within reach of more U.S. households and businesses. Still, many utilities remain averse to accommodating these amenities despite significant — and rising — demand in the marketplace


Xcel Has Room For Renewable Generation On Its Minnesota Grid. So Where Is It?

September 21st, 2017 | by John Farrell

Determining exactly how much local renewable generation can reach Xcel Energy customers in Minnesota hinges in part on how many of these projects the existing grid can accommodate. To that end, the state’s Public Utilities Commission compelled the utility last year to report on more than 1,000 “feeders” delivering electricity to homes and businesses across its Twin Cities service territory


Residential Subscribers In Focus As Minnesota Weighs Community Solar Incentives

September 18th, 2017 | by John Farrell

The residential adder discussion is part of a larger debate over what state regulators can do to ensure community solar is universally accessible. Particularly as these projects catch on with developers in Minnesota and nationwide, sensible policies must ensure equitable distribution of their benefits -- from reduced utility bills for subscribers to economic development in the communities they serve


Getting The Price Right For Local Wind & Solar

September 11th, 2017 | by John Farrell

A federal policy enacted nearly 40 years ago has breathed life into an ongoing argument at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission over utility opposition to a wind-solar hybrid project proposed in the rural city of Red Lake Falls.


Rural Solar At Risk As Co-ops Push For Less Oversight

September 5th, 2017 | by John Farrell

Minnesota’s governor recently vetoed anti-renewables legislation that threatens rural solar development, but the bill’s likely resurgence means the state remains among a growing crop of Midwestern states facing the prospect of heavy-handed limitations on solar growth.



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