MN Solar Pathways

Collaborating to find least-risk, best-value strategies for Minnesota to achieve its solar energy goals


The state goal of reaching 10% solar by 2030 will take Minnesota from 250 megawatts of solar capacity at the end of 2016 to as much as 6 gigawatts by 2030, enough energy to power more than 700,000 Minnesota homes. There are three different types of action needed to reach this goal that will be explored by the MN Solar Pathways project.

10-50 Years

Evaluate the potential to use increasing amounts of solar as a generation resource

3-10 Years

Identify paths for solar growth that fairly compensate utilities and customers

Next 3 Years

Reduce barriers by improving interconnection process and increasing hosting capacity

Project Timeline

  • Interconnection Work

    Quantify what can be done to reach envisioned interconnection experience, both statewide and at the individual utility scale

  • Solar Potential Analysis

    Evaluate the technical and economic potential for solar over the next 10-50 years modeling various load profiles for renewables

  • Enhanced Hosting Capacity | 2018

    Better understand how new technologies can increase the grid’s ability to host solar energy and other renewables in Minnesota

  • Solar Deployment Strategy | 2019

    Studying technology, policy, and models to reach goals; cost/benefit analyses for utility, solar customers and non-solar customers

MN Solar Pathways is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office.

Solar Energy Technology Office

Project Findings & Reports

Project Partners & Participants

Led by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, core partners in the project include the Center for Energy and Environment, Clean Energy Resource Teams, Clean Power Research, and the Great Plains Institute. In addition, the three-year project includes stakeholders from electric utilities, the solar industry, local units of government, corporations with sustainability goals, and nonprofit representatives. Through a collaborative stakeholder process, MN Solar Pathways seeks is to build consensus for sustainable solar development strategies modeled specifically for Minnesota.

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