Program aims to boost residential solar use in Minnesota
New solar options could increase solar use in Minnesota by 50 percent, according to a company now offering expanded accessibility.
CleanChoice Energy, a renewable energy company that provides clean electricity to customers across the country, has launched CleanChoice Energy Community Solar in Minnesota with more than 42 megawatts of community solar capacity. The new capacity — available for both commercial and residential customers — is being supplied by eight community solar farms owned and operated by Cypress Creek Renewables. The farms, the company says, will increase the number of residential community solar subscribers in Minnesota by as much as 50 percent — providing community solar opportunities to thousands of new residential customers.
CleanChoice Energy Community Solar customers in Minnesota can tap into solar energy with no upfront costs. The clean energy produced at the solar farms will save more than 20,000 tons of global warming pollution every year, according to a release.
Minnesota community solar customers can sign up for community solar online at CleanChoiceEnergy.com/Minnesota. The eight farms serve residents living in the following counties: Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Carver, Chicago, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Freeborn, Grant, Hennepin, Isanti, Kandiyohi, Le Sueur, McLeod, Martin, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Mower, Nicollet, Pope, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Waseca, Washington, and Wright.
The CleanChoice Energy Community Solar platform was developed by the company's labs division with support from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative. The company, started in 2013, serves customers in 27 utilities across the United States.