What is happening
UPDATE: Good news! Solar legislation is moving forward in the House and Senate and a conference committee has been set, meaning we need you to take action urgently to tell leadership to support distributed solar in these bills.
Your leaders will be voting on solar legislation before May 23. Make your voice heard TODAY!
The House and Senate have announced their Omnibus Energy Bills. Both bills contain several separate pieces of legislation that advance solar. Tell your legislators to grow solar in Minnesota by supporting these provisions.
By voicing your support to legislators, we can expand solar in Minnesota, help individuals and schools save money, and build a better energy future for all.
Read more about what each Energy Bill includes below. Contact key legislators to tell them you support these pro-solar provisions.
Increase funds for the Xcel Solar Rewards program to $10 million a year for 2023 through 2025. Solar Rewards pays Xcel customers that go solar an incentive for every kilowatt hour of solar power they produce.
The Senate bill provides:
- $8 million for funding for Solar on Schools programs (in Xcel territory)
- $4.15 million for Solar on Schools program (outside Xcel territory)
The House bill provides:
- The right of HOA homeowners in detached homes to go solar. Many HOA’s can and do block solar on single family homes costing our state solar jobs, solar energy production and keeping these homeowners from controlling their energy costs. Twenty seven other states have similar provision and it is time for Minnesota to join them.
- $4 million for a new solar battery incentive program (in Xcel territory)
- $4 million in 2023 and $2 million afterwards for the new solar on public buildings grant program (in Xcel territory)
- $4 million in 2023 for solar on public buildings (outside Xcel territory)
Key funding for these provisions comes from the state’s Renewable Development Account (RDA), which was created to develop renewable energy sources. Xcel Energy pays into the RDA fund with an annual fee of $16 million and an additional charge for each nuclear waste storage cask at its Prairie Island and Monticello facilities. It is critical we ensure these funds support distributed solar.
Tell key legislators to support these pro-solar provisions.