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. There are three different types of action needed to get there 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

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