solar

MN Solar Potential Analysis finds high renewable energy levels to be cost effective

Since last year, I’ve represented CUB on the Technical Committee for the Minnesota Solar Pathways initiative. The initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a three-year project exploring strategies to meet Minnesota’s statutory goal of reaching 10 percent solar electricity by 2030. A Solar Potential Analysis, modeling potential costs of various renewable energy…

Are you a community solar garden subscriber? Let us know

The Citizens Utility Board is continuously learning about energy consumers in Minnesota so we can assist them on energy matters to the best of our ability. With community solar programs becoming more popular, CUB staff would like to learn more about how people became involved with these programs and to better understand the customer experience….

Input requested: take the MN Solar Pathways survey

For the past year, CUB’s executive director, Annie Levenson-Falk, has served on the technical committee of the MN Solar Pathways project. This State of Minnesota initiative is evaluating strategies to achieve state’s goal of 10% solar energy by 2030, which will mean increasing the state’s solar generating capacity by as much as 24 times. Over…

CUB helps consumers get refunds for over-paid sales tax

Jim Bowler, a retiree from Coon Rapids, noticed something was off with his electric bills earlier this year. Now he’s getting a refund for months of overpaid taxes – and if you have solar or wind power at home, you could be due a refund, too. Jim has solar panels on his roof. Every month,…

Residential Solar Options in Minnesota

Solar power is heating up in Minnesota.  While many people think of Minnesota as a cold and snowy state, Minnesota ranks 16th in the nation for solar energy output.  Increased renewable energy developments are giving Minnesota consumers new efficient and cost-effective energy options. This blog seeks to help the average residential consumer navigate the world…