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Minnesota solar market surges

Friday, August 17, 2018

Minnesota’s solar market grew significantly in the first quarter, adding 105 megawatts of power, the fifth most among states during that time, according to data released.

Minnesota has total of 849.5 megawatts of solar production, enough power for 116,670 homes, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), a trade group.

A megawatt is one million watts, and by comparison Xcel Energy’s largest coal-fired and nuclear power plants in Minnesota each have a capacity of over 600 megawatts (though they can operate continuously).

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