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  • Community Solar Gardens

    Lissa Pawlisch Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) UMN Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships & Extension

  • CERTs: We’re here to help

    CERTs Mission: Connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects

  • Partnership

  • Community Shared Solar: Cliff Notes

    Point to yours!

  • Only Prerequisite Is…

  • Why Community Shared Solar?

    Photo from: http://www.greenbeltsolar.com/solar_shading_article.html Photo from: http://www.forrent.com/apartment-community-profile/1019896.php, Rosedale Estates II

  • The Minnesota Solar Suitability App displays solar insolation and solar photovoltaic (PV) potential with 1 square meter resolution for the entire state of Minnesota. It was created using Lidar data and GIS technology.

    solar.maps.umn.edu/app

    Why Community Shared Solar?

  • Definition:

    Centrally- located solar PV systems that provide electricity to participating subscribers

    Community Shared Solar

  • • 1 garden • Max garden size = 1 MW • Minimum 5 subscribers per garden • No subscriber > 40% of garden output • Cover up to 120% of annual elec. usage

    By the Numbers

    Photo credits: www.solarpowerportal.co.uk

  • Location, location, location

  • The amount of electricity you use each year helps you decide how much solar to get. Your solar garden subscription can cover as little as 200 watts or up to 120% of your usage.

    Designed to cover your needs

  • How does it work? Xcel Energy Program

    OPERATOR: primary group running the solar garden

    UTILITY: approves garden, tracks production, provides credit.

    SUBSCRIBERS: individuals or groups to get solar power

    3rd Party Operator develops & runs garden. Maintains relationship w/ subscriber for payment. Utility provides subscriber w/ bill credit.

  • Bill Credit Rates 2015 Applicable Retail Rates

    + Renewable Energy Credit (REC) Payments ($/kWh)

    REC Payment Residential

    Service Small General

    Service

    General Service/ Demand Metered

    None (Applicable Retail Rate)

    0.12743 0.12431 0.09914

    0.02 (> 250 kW gardens) 0.14743 0.14431 0.11914

    0.03 (≤ 250 kW gardens) 0.15743 0.15431 0.12914

  • How does it work?

    Pay Up Front / Pre-Pay Model

    Subscriber purchases a subscription for a onetime fee that covers the life of the agreement.

    Bill credit appears monthly over 25 year project timeline.

    Lump sum subscription paid up front

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  • How does it work? Pay As You Go Subscriber pays in installments over time. Subscriber receives bill credit for their share of output on their energy bill the following month.

    Two separate transactions each month. One is a bill credit. Another is a monthly subscription payment. Process is same over 25 year project timeline.

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  • AVAILABLE CSG PROJECTSCalculate your potential savings

  • AVAILABLE CSG PROJECTSCalculate your potential savings

  • AVAILABLE CSG PROJECTS

    cleanenergyprojectbuilder.org

    Find Subscriptions for You

  • Evaluating garden options

  • With whom do you want to work?

    to credit: Wright Hennepin Coop

  • Where will the garden be located?

    to credit: Wright Hennepin Coop

  • Who is funding the project?

    Photo credits: www.usbank.com, www.bremer.com, www.nrco.coop, https://encrypted- tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ1pOj8btOIk_d5exvQ_6LEnmgntg5OXbfmvw9Ye26Gf_7Cpxru, alliancepayroll.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/taxcredits.gif www.mpsutility.com/index.php/contact-mps, http://www.tubman.org/, http://mnipl.org/

  • CERTs Resources

    23http://SolarGardens.MnCERTs.org

  • QUESTIONS? http://SolarGardens.MnCERTs.org

    CERTs: Minnesotans Building a Clean Energy Future

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