MN Solar Pathways

MN Solar Pathways was created to help realize Minnesota’s goal of generating 10 percent of its electricity from the sun by 2030.  Over the span of three years, from 2017 to 2020, the project will combine an inclusive stakeholder engagement process with technical analysis in order to identify strategies for achieving this goal. 
The Minnesota Department of Commerce applied for and was awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot Initiative to support MN Solar Pathways.  The Department of Commerce is leading a team of four core project partners: Center for Energy and Environment, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), Clean Power Research, and the Great Plains Institute (GPI).  The Great Plains Institute will lead the stakeholder engagement process, which will engage stakeholders from the energy and solar industries and market participants to identify different solar value propositions, solar deployment opportunities and critical actions to achieve deployment strategies. The project will engage in a wide range of activities with these stakeholders to identify and demonstrate least-cost, best-value strategies for Minnesota to achieve its solar energy goals. This includes the potential of key technologies and management approaches to overcome grid integration challenges with increased solar.


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Minnesota Solar Toolkit for Local Governments Wins the “Innovation in Planning Award”

The award was given by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Minnesota Solar Pathways Grant to Advance Solar Energy Progress

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to increase solar deployment.


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