Minneapolis Sustainability

350 S. 5th Street, Room 315M
Minneapolis, MN 55415
sustainability@minneapolismn.gov

Solar

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 system?

Besides doing right by the earth and tapping into a renewable energy source, there are plenty of other incentives for installing a solar electric or heating system:

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. 18, 2012