Have you ever looked into what it takes to install a solar project on your home? Installing small-scale solar energy on homes and businesses throughout Minnesota is an important way to cut coal use and transition to clean energy, but it can be hard to implement. For example, only owners of single-family homes who have the right kind of roof—for example, not too shady or oriented in the wrong direction—can develop a solar project. This eliminates a large portion of Minnesotans who live in apartments or multi-family housing, not to mention the homeowners who can't face the high upfront costs of solar.
However, last month, Minnesota's legislative leaders passed some of the boldest solar policies in the Midwest. These policies create new opportunities for solar energy to become a more permanent energy solution in Minnesota, and include a new law that allows Minnesotans to team up and develop community solar projects—independent of many of the barriers that have limited solar installations in the past.
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