First community solar garden is fully subscribed
February 22, 2014 by Lisa
Minnesota Community Solar (MNCS) has opened the first community solar garden in Minneapolis on the roof of Northern Sun Merchandising and has announced that Xcel Energy electric customers have fully subscribed to it. No doubt flyer printing was used by MNCS to let its customers become aware of this opportunity so as to make this achievement possible.
A jobs bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2013 enabled community solar gardens to be part of the energy mix in the state. These gardens enable customers of Xcel electricity to purchase solar energy that may be located far from their homes. Consequently, this increases the number of people in the state who can get access to solar energy that is clean and produced locally.
Ken Bradley, CEO of Minnesota Community Solar, commented that his company is very much encouraged by the support from the community. The rapid sell out of this first solar garden demonstrates the great interest that Minnesotans have for clean, local energy. He is hoping that his company can increase the number of opportunities for customers to have access to solar-generated electricity.
Towards this goal, MNCS has recently partnered with Cool Planet, an environmental group, and the Edina Foundation, to get more people to subscribe to community solar gardens. Paul Thompson of Cool Planet commented that this partnership will provide opportunities for people in the area to fight global climate change by starting locally.