Community Solar

Join our first Community Solar Gardens

Why Community Solar

Many people in our community face high energy bills, asthma, and unemployment. Solar can cut energy costs and air pollution while creating local jobs, but many people can’t put up solar themselves because:


  • They rent their building/ rooftop
  • Their building does not have a structurally sound south-facing or flat roof
  • Their roof is too shaded by trees or buildings
  • They don’t have the financial resources or ability to access private financing to afford it.

Community Solar Gardens (CSG) make solar affordable by building a large solar array on a sunny roof or open area. CSGs can also make solar available to anyone who pays an electric bill by allowing renters, home-owners, businesses, and organizations to subscribe for solar power. Xcel Energy is required to give a bill credit to anyone who subscribes to a CSG for the power produced by their portion of the array.

Now with community solar gardens, solar is possible for anyone who pays an electric bill. As a cooperative, we’re keeping costs low, creating jobs for those who need them most, and ensuring community ownership and control.

Grow cooperative Community Solar Gardens:

Join/Form a Team: We have eight community teams currently planning different solar garden projects with us, and we’re happy to help you join an existing team or start your own. Contact General Manager Timothy DenHerder-Thomas at, (612) 250-1621 to see if there is already an active team in your community or to help start your own!

Recommend a Host Site: If you know a potential location interested in serving as a host site of a community solar array, you can send a recommendation to Solar Site Assessor Bruce Konewko at, (612) 568-2334. Please include your name, contact information, the specific address (street, city, state, zip) of the site you are recommending, and a sentence or two about your connection to the site and its owner.

5 responses to “Community Solar”

  1. Ron Schlatter says :

    I would be interested in getting involved with this effort. I’ve rolled the idea of community PV ownership around in my head for years, and you are actually moving forward developing it. I’ve been teaching science in the Twin Cities for almost 20 years, working to inspire and illuminate a future generation, but I’m 57 and looking for opportunities to apply the ideas I have been talking about and help build some community PV networks. Let’s talk.

  2. Alternative Energy Sources says :

    Howdy! This is my first visit to your blog!
    We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on.
    You have done a extraordinary job!

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