The Sunna Project
2411 W. Bridge Street, Owatonna, MN 55060

The Sunna Project

Community Solar Project Basics
Garden Status: 
In Operation
Year Installed: 
2411 W. Bridge Street, Owatonna, MN 55060
Electric Utility: 
Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric
Project Description: 

Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric (SWCE) has constructed a 250-panel solar array on the property of the co-op’s headquarters in Owatonna. An innovative approach to community solar has been developed to drive down the up-front cost for SWCE members to participate. The Sunna (pronounced SOO-nah) Project allows any member to subscribe to the solar community program, and in return, be allocated the energy produced by their subscribed panel(s) to offset their monthly electric bill.

Accepting Subscriptions
Payment Type: 
Pay up front
Eligible Counties: 
MN - Blue Earth
MN - Dodge
MN - Faribault
MN - Freeborn
MN - Le Sueur
MN - Rice
MN - Steele
MN - Waseca
Eligibility Details: 

You must be a member of Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric to participate.

How to Participate: 

To participate in The Sunna Project, members need to subscribe for (1) 410-watt solar panel for $170, and participate in the co-op’s 16-hour Storage Water Heater program. SWCE members, who wish to subscribe for a solar panel, but not participate in The Sunna Project, can pay $1,225 for their panel and also earn the subscribed energy production allocation. Any member wishing to subscribe for additional panels will pay $1,225 per panel. Members are limited to subscribing to 20 panels or the equivalent number of panels that would produce their average annual energy usage, whichever is less.

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