Dramatic Increase of Solar Electric System Installations in Minnesota

Dramatic Increase of Solar Electric System Installations in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Office of Energy Security (OES) has issued a report which shows that the number of installed solar electric systems in Minnesota has reached a record in 2010. By this week, 178 solar photovoltaic systems have been installed across the state which is more than double in compare to 76 installations in year 2009. The number of solar system installations in year 2010 also represents an increase of 55% from the beginning of the year when only 325 solar systems existed. Together with this year’s solar photovoltaic installations, Minnesota has a total of 503 such systems which have the capacity to generate 2.75 megawatts. However, the number of solar electric systems is expected to increase in the future.

Solar energy can be successfully generated in every US state including Minnesota. All US regions receive enough solar radiation to produce sufficient electric energy. Solar photovoltaics, often referred to as solar PVs work best during warm, sunny summer days but they are also able to generate electricity during cloudy winter days even when the outdoor temperatures drop to 20 degrees.

Solar electric system offers numerous advantages in compare to conventional energy sources. In addition, the record number of solar photovoltaic installations in year 2010 has been probably also encouraged by the State Solar Electric Rebate program that is administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Office of Energy Security (OES) and has significantly reduced the overall costs of solar electric systems. In year 2010, as much as 260 rebates have been approved by the OES for solar system installations to private residences and small businesses which have a total capacity of about 1.5 megawatts. In early 2010, a fund of $2.5 million was granted for rebates for installation of solar photovoltaic systems by the OES.



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