Community solar gardens are being primed as a major niche for energy storage, as more businesses seek control over their relationship with the local grid. Leading community solar (CS) states like Minnesota are becoming the test beds for the anticipated energy storage adoption boom, as utilities and commissions scramble to catch up with market forces. Minnesota alone projects a doubling of its community solar capacity from over 800 MW today to 1.7 GW by 2030.

New technology roll-outs, like two-way EV charging/discharging also will help bolster the value of storage to system owners ahead of government reforms.

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