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.
Examine current interconnection processes at utilities across the State of Minnesota
Enhanced Hosting Capacity | 2018
Quantify how new technologies can impact the grid’s ability to host solar energy
Solar Potential Analysis
Estimate the generation cost to achieve 10% solar by 2025 and 70% solar and wind by 2050
Solar Deployment Strategy | 2019
Calculate the economic impacts and market incentives created by different solar portfolios
MN Solar Pathways is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office.
Project Findings & Reports
Video about Findings
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 to build consensus for sustainable solar development strategies modeled specifically for Minnesota.