A new study analyzing Minnesota’s goal to produce 10 percent of its electricity from solar by 2030 shows it can be accomplished five years early — without breaking the bank.

Minnesota is adding solar to its energy mix in a variety of ways — on the rooftops of homes and businesses; in community solar gardens, which individuals can subscribe to without installing panels on their own roofs; and as giant, utility-scale solar installations.

The costs of expanding solar energy in the state vary, but overall, the study shows the costs are competitive with natural gas generation, said Josh Quinnell a researcher at the Minneapolis-based Center for Energy and Environment.

“We’ve shown that Minnesota can achieve its 10 percent solar goals at very competitive generation costs,” he said.

Click here to read the story by Elizabeth Dunbar. Click here to see the report and findings.


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