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Solar Electric


Information on solar electric technologies. Includes purchasing considerations, benefits, challenges, and a list of renewable energy installers.

Standardized Load Tables Characterizing Residential Solar Thermal and Solar Electric Installations For Residential Structures in Minnesota (.pdf) 

This report includes standard load tables providing guidance for planned solar electric and solar thermal systems and the load capacity of existing single and multi-family dwelling roof structures. The tables allow existing structures that fall within the published guidelines to be accepted as meeting the required standards of safety without further structural analysis.

Solar Modeling Resources (.pdf)
A list of financial analysis, modeling and decision making tools for solar compiled by Sandia National Laboratory.

Hiring a Renewable Energy Contractor (.pdf) 
Questions to ask a renewable energy contractor; includes links to maps of solar and wind energy contractors in Minnesota.

Search Renewable Energy Installers Directory 
A directory called Clean Energy Project Builder is provided by Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS) to find companies in Minnesota that can help you plan, implement and manage clean energy projects.

Get Added to Renewable Energy Installers Directory 
A completely free service provided by Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS) to include your company in the online directory.

Solar Ready Construction Specification (.pdf)       
Specification that explains how to prepare a building for the future installation of a solar system.

Solar Ready Building Design Guidelines (.pdf)       
Guidelines that address specific site planning, building form, space planning, roofing, and mechanical and electrical issues during the design phase of solar ready buildings.

Distributed Generation (DG)
Distributed Generation (DG) is the generation of electricity on-site or close to where it is needed in small facilities designed to meet local needs.  DG is sometimes referred to as on-site generation, dispersed generation, or decentralized generation. 

Solar Value Report (.pdf)
Analysis of commercial-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems co-located with a building load. This report does not necessarily reflect the positions of the Minnesota Department of Commerce and may not be advocated by the Department in comments before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Wholesale rates in the energy market of the Midwest Independent System operator are highly variable and may not provide the revenue streams assumed in the report. Rates of the Midwest Independent System Operator, such as the Cost of New Entry (CONE) rate, are subject to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and may change.