Minnesota Power Community Solar Garden
Rice Lake Rd & W Arrowhead Rd, Duluth, MN 55811

Minnesota Power Community Solar Garden

Community Solar Project Basics
Company: 
Garden Status: 
Construction
Year Installed: 
2017
Location: 
Rice Lake Rd & W Arrowhead Rd, Duluth, MN 55811
Electric Utility: 
Minnesota Power
Project Description: 

Minnesota Power’s first community solar garden, planned for 2016, will be a simple way for customers to participate in solar without the need to install a system on their own home or business. It’s a safe, flexible, and convenient choice for customers who want to go solar but either rent or don’t have a location that is well-suited to generating electricity from the sun. Two solar arrays will make up Minnesota Power’s community solar garden. A 40 kW array will be located on the corner of Arrowhead Road and Rice Lake Road in Duluth, MN. The second array will be a much larger, 1 MW system located in Minnesota Power’s service territory. The specific location will be determined through a competitive bidding process to ensure that CSG participants get the best possible price.

Participation
Availability: 
Accepting Subscriptions
Payment Type: 
Pay as you go
Pay up front
Eligible Counties: 
MN - Aitkin
MN - Benton
MN - Carlton
MN - Cass
MN - Cook
MN - Hubbard
MN - Itasca
MN - Koochiching
MN - Lake
MN - Morrison
MN - Saint Louis
Eligibility Details: 

Minnesota Power retail customers may participate in the CSG program. Those who filed to be exempt from the Solar Energy Standard costs (Docket No. E999/CI-13-542) would not be eligible. Exempt customers include iron mining facilities, paper mills, saw mills and wood products manufacturers.

How to Participate: 

Customers will have three options for participating:

  1. Upfront payment. Subscribers pay a onetime fee and receive a monthly energy credit of kilowatt-hours based on their subscription. This option is most comparable to a traditional rooftop solar installation.
  2. Fixed monthly subscription fee, which is essentially the upfront payment financed over the length of the contract. The customer receives a bill credit for the energy produced from their subscription. This option is comparable to a rooftop installation financed over time.
  3. Fixed charge for each kilowatt-hour of solar energy produced from a subscription. The customer purchases all the solar energy produced from their subscribed amount of capacity.

Visit Minnesota Power's website to learn more. To be notified when subscriptions are open to reservation, add yourself to the CSG Interest List. For more information call 218-355-3720, or email solarprogram@mnpower.com.

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