Minnesota Power to launch community solar garden program

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Minnesota Power announced Thursday it will offer a new energy option for customers by launching a community solar garden program that is expected to be generating power from the sun in late 2016.

In its filing with the Public Utilities Commission, the Duluth-based utility said its initial solar garden will be constructed in two locations – a 40-kilowatt array on Arrowhead Road in Duluth and a 1-megawatt array on a still-to-be-determined site in northeastern Minnesota. Both arrays will combine to supply generation for solar garden subscribers. Based on customer demand, additional gardens would be offered for subscription.

The solar garden program, Minnesota Power said in a news release, also supports the company’s EnergyForward strategy to achieve an energy mix that is one-third renewable energy, one-third natural gas and one-third coal.

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