Media: Minnesota's 10% solar goal can be met economically five years early (MPR)

Nov 16, 2018

From Minnesota Public Radio: 

A new study analyzing Minnesota's goal to produce 10 percent of its electricity from solar by 2030 shows it can be accomplished five years early — without breaking the bank.

Minnesota is adding solar to its energy mix in a variety of ways — on the rooftops of homes and businesses; in community solar gardens, which individuals can subscribe to without installing panels on their own roofs; and as giant, utility-scale solar installations.

The costs of expanding solar energy in the state vary, but overall, the study shows the costs are competitive with natural gas generation, said Josh Quinnell a researcher at the Minneapolis-based Center for Energy and Environment. "We've shown that Minnesota can achieve its 10 percent solar goals at very competitive generation costs," he said.

A quarter of Minnesota's electricity came from renewable sources in 2017, but that was mostly made up of wind power. A 2013 solar energy law aimed at boosting solar as an energy source requires utilities to produce 1.5 percent of their electricity from solar by the end of 2020, and also established the 10 percent statewide goal by 2030.

Read the full story at Minnesota Public Radio.

News release: ‚ÄčRenewable energy and storage can competitively power Minnesota's electricity needs