Legislation passed in 2013 requires Xcel Energy to administer a program for community solar gardens. Other utilities may elect to develop community solar programs as well. Xcel filed its initial plans to operate a community solar program with the Public Utilities Commission on September 30, 2013. The Public Utilities Commission issued its Order on April 7, 2014. Xcel will file its revised plan for the program by May 7, 2014.
Eligible projects may be up to 1,000 kW in size. There is no limit on the number of community solar projects that can be developed.
The legislation includes the following specifications for subscribers:
See Docket No: E002/M-13-867 for additional details related to the PUC review process.
The Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) have developed a resource page for customers interested in Community Solar Gardens.