Solar Energy Legislation

In 2013 the State Legislature enacted the creation of a Community Solar Garden Program to significantly increase the production of clean energy.


  • Public utilities must dedicate a minimum of 1.5% energy production by 2020 (450 MWs)
  • No limits on number of installed solar gardens in Minnesota
  • No single solar subscriber is permitted more than 40% usage on a single solar site
  • Each solar subscriber is limited to 120% of average annual capacity
  • Each solar garden is required to have a minimum of 5 subscribers
  • Solar subscribers must be physically located in a county or adjacent county to an operating solar garden
  • Each installed solar garden is permitted a maximum energy capacity of one (1) Megawatt (MW)