Minnesota Commerce Department project to focus on expanding access to solar power

(Saint Paul, MN – Insurance News and Markets) – In late October, the Minnesota Commerce Department announced funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sunshot Initiative would help them to offer solar power to more Minnesota residents.

“The development of renewable energy resources continues to drive economic opportunity and job growth in Minnesota. This federal grant will help provide all Minnesotans the opportunity to participate in the clean energy economy,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith. “I thank our federal partners for providing this grant and the Clean Energy States Alliance for their work coordinating our efforts across the nation.”

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a national nonprofit organization, is coordinating the multi-state project that will develop and implement strategies for expanding the solar energy market among low- and moderate-income residents and communities. The $1.73 million grant from the SunShot Initiative will support solar market expansion in Minnesota and four other states as well as the District of Columbia.

“The sun shines on everyone, so it is only fair that solar power should be an option available to everyone,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, whose agency serves as the state energy office. “Minnesota is poised to make major progress with the growth of solar power, and it is important that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to share in this progress.”

The Commerce Department will be the lead agency for Minnesota’s participation in the project and will work closely with Xcel Energy, the state’s largest investor-owned utility. Over the next three years, the department will collaborate with utility, solar industry and community stakeholders to develop and implement promising strategies to promote broader access to solar in Minnesota.

Source: Minnesota Department of Commerce.