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.
- Learn More About What a Community Solar Garden Is
- Learn more about the Cooperative Energy Futures approach to Community Solar Gardens
- Learn more about what it means to Subscribe to a CEF community solar garden
Join a CEF Community Solar Garden:
- Shiloh Temple Community Solar – pay-as-you-go subscriptions are currently available for North Side residents and Shiloh members only. Upfront subscriptions are currently available to all.
- Edina Community Solar Garden – pay-as-you-go subscriptions are currently available to Edina residents only
- Join the Waiting List – more solar gardens are coming soon
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, (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 email@example.com, (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.