On July 19, 2013, I visited the Northfield Community Solar Energy Center (NCSEC) solar project in Slayton, Minnesota. It was a beautiful day, and nearly 300 people gathered for the unveiling of the community's first solar projects to be completed in Minnesota, the Northern Minnesota Solar Power Center.
This is not a garden that produces tomatoes, cucumbers or other vegetables; this is a solar garden that consists of solar panels that harvest solar energy to convert it into electricity. Solar gardens are an alternative to private solar panels, and residents, business owners, nonprofits, and municipalities can purchase subscriptions to solar gardens in exchange for the opportunity to install the Solar Power Center (NCSEC) and other non-profit solar energy projects.
With group rates from Solarize Northfield, you may have a better chance of getting affordable solar power than ever before. Register for Solar and use our tiered group purchase model for solar subscriptions.
If you are unable to participate in this program, you can be sure that Energy Solar will continue to provide the best price and service to Northfield residents. We have been installing Solarize Northfields since 2013 and have been supplying solar energy to Northfield since 2009. At the end of 2012, we had installed just over 11 MW of solar power in Minnesota (which is just under 15% of US capacity). Since the completion of the program, more than 250 kW of solar power have been installed in Northfeld, with more on the way.
Since 2008, Minnesota has had more than 1,000 NABCEP-approved solar panels, and in September 2011, there were more than 60. We are responsible for managing over 2,500 MW of solar power capacity in Minnesota and are a member of the National Association of Community Solar Installers (NACSI) and the Minnesota Solar PV Association (MNSA).
VPPSA has teamed up with Encore Renewable Energy to launch at least three solar projects for its member companies, including Northfield. The weekly solar index includes the number of solar plants in the state and the percentage of total solar power capacity in Minnesota.
Together, he said, the country will supply the first megawatt of solar power when completed and supply more than 1.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity to our state each year.
To achieve this goal, Minnesota will grow from just 35 megawatts of solar capacity by the end of 2015 to as much as 6 gigawatts by 2030. Xcel Energy expects solar projects to provide 10 percent of its electricity in Minnesota by 2030, McCarten said. The energy provider plans to obtain more than 40 percent, or 1.5 gigawatt hours, of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2020. About 2.4 percent of this is produced from natural gas, and 1 to 5 percent comes from solar energy, according to company data.
In the long term, these projects will help Minnesota get 10% of its electricity from the sun by 2030, McCarten said.
As more local property owners sign up to have solar installed, the big discounts for everyone will be forgotten. On the other hand, buying a solar system clearly means increasing the resale value of your home, and that means you never have to pay for electricity for a house in Northfield, Minnesota that is completely dependent on solar panels, or at least dramatically reduce your electricity bill. Purchasing a solar system can be purchased for as little as $1,000 a year for a 30-year term, according to the Minnesota Solar Energy Association.
Although it's not as generous as what they offer in Minnesota or Wisconsin, we have Xcel Energy's Solar Rewards, which rewards customers $2.25 per watt installed for a 40 kW system. In combination with Solar Rewards, the Minnesota Bonus will be remunerated for all our customers when you combine it with our Minnesota Bonus.
For example, the state of Minnesota has exempted the value of solar panels from property taxes since 1992, and the solar industry is growing. Minnesota's solar plants received an additional boost in early 2010 when lawmakers passed a tax credit for projects that use solar panels that are manufactured and assembled in-state. When I was in office in 2011 and 2012, Minnesota had no solar rebates, a major reason why our state had a large PV activity. MnSEIA began to reorganize itself and propose a policy that was first explored in Colorado, but had been in place for years.
The cost of installing a solar panel depends largely on the amount of electricity you want to generate for your home. This is most often the case when your house is completely cut off from the grid during the day and at night and relies on solar power. However, you can also turn it on when you need to be connected to a grid so that the solar house owner does not have to draw electricity from this grid if his system does not produce. There are calculations for the price of solar energy that include the cost of using fossil fuels as opposed to solar energy.