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Solar for Schools

solar for schools logoSchools are increasingly going solar nationally and across Minnesota.

In 2022, Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools was published detailing national solar school trends through December 2021. It reported 8,400 schools with a collective solar capacity exceeding 1,600 MW, representing 9% of U.S. K-12 schools and 19% of U.S. K-12 school districts. With more than 23 MW of solar installed across nearly 190 schools, Minnesota is among the top states for solar schools, ranking 13 and 11 respectively.

In 2021, the Minnesota state legislature established the Solar for Schools grant program (Minn. Stat. 216C.375). Administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources, the program was designed to stimulate the installation of solar energy systems on Minnesota schools, while using the opportunity to integrate renewable energy use into school curriculum. Since its launch in January 2022, 93 Minnesota schools have been approved to receive grants, with more than 60 additional projects pending. Combined, these projects put the program on track to nearly double the number of solar schools in the state. For more information, explore the Solar for Schools annual reports.

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General inquiries related to this program should be directed to SolarForSchools@state.mn.us

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