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Everything you need to know about Minnesota community solar

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Thanks to consumer-friendly legislation, the Minnesota community solar industry gained serious momentum in 2017 and 2018, and it’s expected to grow exponentially in the years to come. For Minnesotans looking to take advantage of solar power without installing a solar energy system on your property, the options are promising.

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Is residential electricity price going up or down?

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If you’re considering whether going solar is a worthwhile financial move for your home, there are essentially two factors that you should look at: 1) the costs associated with solar power, and 2) the rates you pay for electricity from your utility. Going solar makes economic sense when solar electricity costs less than grid electricity.

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Sharing the sun: Community solar gardens taking off around US

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With strong government incentives and falling equipment costs, going solar has never made more financial sense on such a broad scale. Testament to this is the tremendous increase of the number of American homes & businesses with solar panels on their roofs in recent years. But at the same time, not everyone has a roof of their own, and even those who do might have one that is shaded or otherwise unsuitable for solar. Community-owned solar projects – sometimes called community solar gardens, or shared solar farms – promise a way for the roofless and ‘roof-impaired’ to go solar. Continue reading

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Top Community Solar States: Minnesota vs California, Massachusetts Colorado Community Solar

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Community solar – the concept of leasing or owning a share of a large solar array rather than having a personal solar installation on your rooftop – continues to gain popularity across the continental United States. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), there will be a 1.8 gigawatt (GW) increase in installed photovoltaics from community solar arrays over the next five years.  Minnesota, Colorado and California – the undisputed best states for community solar – will drive the majority of that growth. You might wonder, why are these states so ideal for roofless solar compared to the 47 others in the U.S.? Here’s how these community solar leaders rose to the top.

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Austin Energy net metering: unique policies and solar incentives in Texas

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VOST_Austin_blogGoing solar saves you money on your monthly electrical bill. The amount of your savings varies by size and location of the system. But how does it work financially and administratively with your utility? Currently, two types of policy are widely used: the Value of Solar Tariff and Net Metering. The decision of which one to use can be controversial. Continue reading

Solar Energy News: Bitcoin a New Investor Option for Solar, PV Popular in Low to Middle-Income Markets, SolarCity and Vivint Look to Boost Rooftop Solar

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Spring is here and so is another week of inspiring news out of the soaring solar industry. The growing popularity of solar in lower income households, major funding announcements from SolarCity and Vivint Solar, and the first-ever platform for investing in solar with bitcoin are the top headlines from this week’s Solar Energy News.

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