We’re excited that you want to join a Cooperative Energy Futures Community Solar Garden! Subscribing to a solar garden is a multi-step process, and you are not committed until you sign the subscriber agreement that we will customize based on your eligible subscription size and your needs. To get started, identify the project you want to join, or sign-up on our waiting list.

Before you pick a garden (eligible counties listed on each garden’s page), we recommend that you check our CEF’s Community Solar FAQ or check out our overview documents about Our Approach to Community Solar and an Overview of Subscription Terms.

Join the Waiting List for Other Gardens:

If you are not sure which garden you are eligible for and interested in, or if there are no open gardens for which you are eligible, please Sign Up Here. We will let you know if you are eligible for one of our current community solar gardens or put you on our waiting list and help you take the first steps with us so you’ll be ready when a garden comes on line. We are rolling out more community solar gardens throughout 2017-2018.

Open Gardens:

Faribault CSG is now open for subscriptions for residents of Rice, Dakota, Goodhue, and Scott counties.

Clarks Grove CSG is now open for subscriptions for residents of Clarks Grove and Freeborn, Waseca, and Steele counties.

Waseca CSG is now open for subscriptions for residents in the Mankato area, Rice County, and rural Waseca County.


Filled Gardens:

Shiloh Temple CSGCEF’s first Community Solar Garden at Shiloh Temple has now been filled.

Edina CSG: CEF’s second Community Solar Garden on the Edina Public Works Building has now been filled by residents of the City of Edina – see our blog post for more!.

Pax Christi CSG in Eden Prairie has now been filled.

Saint Cloud CSG has been filled with subscribers in the St. Cloud area, Fridley,a nd the Minneapolis area.

Start a New Project:

CEF is working on over a dozen project sites across Minnesota, many of them in coordination with community leaders and local organizations. If you want to help us accelerate availability of cooperative community solar in your community, here’s two ways you can help out:

  • Join/Form a Team: We have eight community teams currently planning different solar garden projects with us, and we’re happy to help more communities launch projects. Please 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.

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