Solar Potential Analysis Report

Report finds that solar, wind, and storage can competitively power a majority of Minnesota’s electric needs.

Executive Summary

The Minnesota Solar Pathways (Pathways) initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, is a three-year project designed to explore least-risk, best-value strategies for meeting the State of Minnesota’s solar goals. As part of this aim, the Pathways Team is modeling renewable generation costs, examining ways to streamline interconnection, and evaluating technologies that can increase solar hosting capacity on the distribution grid. For more details about the MN Solar Pathways project, including published reports and a list of project partners, please visit

This report summarizes the modeling of future renewable generation costs as accomplished by the Solar Potential Analysis (SPA).

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Solar Potential Analysis Report

For additional information on the project visit the website, and CEE's project page

Led by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, this project is supported in part by a grant through the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative.