Since 2014, SunShare has been making solar energy a reality for Minnesota residents by building community solar gardens across the state. Through Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards Community program, SunShare Community Solar gardens are helping thousands of renters, homeowners, and municipalities live more sustainably and save money on their utility bills each month. As the Minnesota community solar program has grown to the largest in the nation, SunShare has enrolled more than 10,000 of its residents and businesses in just six years.
Solar energy offers many financial and environmental benefits. Residents in Minnesota who participate in a community solar program receive credits back on their Xcel Energy bills, and many residents see an overall savings in their utility costs each month. Plus, community solar allows you to enjoy these savings without installing and maintaining solar panels on your own roof – to start saving, you can simply subscribe to one of SunShare’s Minnesota gardens and you’ll start earning credits just as soon as your subscription begins in a live garden.
When you choose community solar, you’re also positively impacting the environment. Our solar gardens help support crop rotation, reduce erosion through the planting of vegetation under the panels, and enhance local agriculture through pollinator-friendly seed mixes. Whenever possible, we build our Minnesota solar farms on brownfield sites, which include land with limited uses such as old landfills or chemical spill sites. SunShare also supports Fresh Energy’s Pollinator Pledge, which is a commitment to create local ecosystems for monarch butterflies and honeybees at solar gardens. At SunShare, we strive to leave the land on which we build our solar gardens better than we found it.
At SunShare, we strive to make green living easy for everyone. Now, many Minnesota communities can choose to be a part of renewable energy with our growing number of community solar gardens. Currently, SunShare Community Solar has available gardens to service residents in the following Minnesota counties:
The SunShare team has helped pave the way to grow Minnesota’s solar industry. With a combined 50+ years of experience in renewable energy, many of our team members were an integral part in establishing Minnesota’s landmark community solar garden program. The Minnesota Solar Energy Jobs Act was signed by Governor Dayton in 2013. Under this legislation, any electricity consumer in Xcel Energy’s territory can participate in a community solar garden and receive solar energy credits on their bill.