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Community solar drives sharp rise in Minnesota PV capacity in 2018

Pioneer Press:

Solar energy is on the upswing in Minnesota. New figures released Monday by the state Department of Commerce show that installed solar capacity increased by 47 percent in 2018.

Most of the growth came from the construction of more than 100 community solar gardens across the state. Minnesota now has 508 megawatts of community solar, the most of any state.

The state’s overall solar capacity increased from 598 megawatts in 2017 to 882 megawatts in 2018.

“Solar is becoming an even brighter part of Minnesota’s clean energy landscape,” Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley said in a statement. “It is creating jobs and business opportunities, while also supporting a cleaner, healthier environment.”

Even so, solar made up just over one percent of Minnesota’s total electricity generation in 2018. That is up from .02 percent in 2016. The industry is expected to continue its growth due to declining costs, increased demand and solar-friendly policies and incentives.

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