Clean Energy & Jobs: A Good Start for Solar Energy; a Step Toward Minnesota’s Clean Energy Future.
- Minnesota’s legislature passed a solar energy standard (SES) requiring investor-owned utilities to generate 1.5% of their electricity from solar by the year 2020, and established a state goal of 10% solar by the year 2030.
- Minnesota’s solar industry will expand as the amount of installed solar electric capacity in Minnesota rises from 13 megawatts (MW) to 450-500 MW in just seven years.
- “Made-in-Minnesota” incentives in the law mean that certain Minnesota solar manufacturers will likely expand, as well.
- Only investor-owned utilities need meet the new SES; co-operative and municipal electric companies are excluded from the SES, as are large timber, paper, and mining industrial facilities.
- Unfinished Business: The legislature failed to increase Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES) from its present requirement of 25% renewable by 2025.