Community Solar Updates for Xcel Energy

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Welcome to the Xcel Energy community solar garden update blog. With your membership, you’re saying yes to renewable energy in your neighborhood. Our developers (Novel Energy Solutions) are in the process of constructing multiple gardens at once. Memberships like yours help us grow and bring more savings and support of clean, local energy to your neighborhood.

The three main steps to building a community solar farm:

  • Construction started
  • Solar panels installed
  • Power grid connected

All of these steps need to take place before savings can begin.

Communities Served by Join Solar

Solar energy produced by Join Solar’s gardens will provide clean energy to Xcel Energy which serves communities across Minnesota.

Construction Updates

February 2023

During the winter months construction is limited in Minnesota. Our developer will be ramping up construction once the ground start to thaw. In the meantime, the crew has been busy prepping civil work at the Swenson site. 

Civil prep work has begun at the Swenson community solar garden.

October 2022

The Titlow Community Solar Garden and Renville Community Solar Garden are in the home stretch. Both gardens are fully constructed and awaiting connection to Xcel’s power grid. At this point, Xcel will run tests and perform inspections of the site to ensure everything is working as it should. Once they give the final approval, the solar garden will be connected to the power grid and turned on!

The Schroeder Community Solar Garden is complete.

Farm Statuses

Below is a list of active projects we are working to build within the Xcel Energy service area. This is just a preview of what is to come. Our pipeline has an estimated 50 projects through the next year.

Garden NameSizeStatus
Titlow1,487 kWSavings Started
Milbradt1,000 kWConstruction Started
Froehle1,000 kWConstruction Started
Preston Gardens1,000 kWConstruction Started
Stumpf1,000 kWConstruction Started
Brock1,000 kWCivil Started
Lagerstedt 1740 kWCivil Completed
Swenson1,000 kWCivil Started
Fultz320 kWConstruction Scheduled
Byers500 kWConstruction Scheduled
Olek1,000 kWConstruction Scheduled
Bo Hu1,000 kWConstruction Scheduled
Gertken1,000 kWConstruction Scheduled

*Garden size will be finalized once energized. 


Got Questions?

We will continue to provide progress updates on our progress in the Xcel Energy territory. If you have further questions about your membership or need assistance, please call us at (651) 634-1452 or email us at

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