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Cool Solutions

Nov 10, 2019

For the 3 out of 4 Americans who can't put solar panels on their roofs, community solar gardens are a way to save money now and be part of building our clean energy future.

When Minnesota enacted policy to promote solar gardens, it became the national leader, unleashing 600 megawatts of community solar development, but obstacles persist in parts of the state where those policies don't apply.

We compare what it takes to create a solar garden in both regions and ensure low income access, by looking at two programs: solar cooperatives in rural southern MN, and solar gardens on the Leech Lake Reservation, the first  in the country to integrate community solar with low income energy assistance.