Minneapolis Sustainability

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Minneapolis, MN 55415


Minnesota has abundant solar energy. In fact, Minneapolis and Saint Paul were named "Solar America Cities" by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 2008. A DOE grant (PDF) allows Minneapolis to dedicate resources through its Solar in the Cities Initiative (PDF). The City will identify strategies that will result in solar-friendly policies, practices, and regulations, with the goal of increasing solar capacity by 500 percent over the two years of the grant. 

Solar power comes in two forms:

Interested in your own solar energy system?

Find the solar potential of your property

The City of Minneapolis has built the Find My Solar Suitability application, which allows you to find the potential for solar PV on any structure in the city. 

Information on solar radiation, shading, roof slope and roof size was used to analyze all structures, and provide an estimate of the maximum size and output of a solar energy system.  More information about the Find My Solar Suitability application.


Find incentives

Besides reducing greenhouse gas emissions and using a renewable energy source, there are plenty of other incentives for installing a solar electric or heating system:

Find an installer

The Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) manages the Clean Energy Project Builder, a database allows you to search for solar installers in your area.

The City of Minneapolis has a special permitting process for residential solar electic systems: be sure to use the permit applicant checklist (PDF) to make the process quick and easy. The State of Minnesota provides a list of questions to ask potential renewable energy installers (PDF).

Learn more about solar power

For more information about solar and other renewable energy sources, start with these helpful websites:


Last updated Oct 15, 2015