Join the Mankato Community Solar Garden

Available to Xcel customers in Nicollet, Renville, Sibley, Le Sueur, Blue Earth, and Brown counties.

A better future awaits.

Apply today to join your community solar garden!


Membership is now open for a limited time.

The Mankato Community Solar garden is located in Lafayette, Minnesota. When it is complete in the Spring of 2021, Xcel customers in Nicollet, Renville, Sibley, Le Sueur, Blue Earth, and Brown counties can subscribe to 1.4 Megawatts of solar energy. That's enough renewable energy to power 150 homes.

Developed by Novel Energy Solutions, working with Xcel Energy, membership to this solar garden is offered exclusively to Xcel Energy customers. Your membership in the community solar garden supports renewable energy in your community and lowers your utility bills. That's a win-win for you and the earth.

This Community Solar Garden will produce the energy equivalent of

167,074 gallons of gas consumed

818 tons of coal burned

150 homes of energy used per year

By the numbers


1.4 Megawatts


Lafayette, MN



Year built



Novel Energy Solutions

Novel Energy Solutions, founded by a 5th generation Minnesota family farmer in 2012, is a family-owned national solar energy company headquartered in Minnesota. Novel's goal is to help communities realize the savings and benefits of clean solar power.

Launch Partners

These local businesses are helping us launch this community solar garden.

Coming Soon!

The benefits of solar at no cost to you

Do I need to put anything on my roof?


No! In a nutshell, community solar offers a way for virtually anyone to go solar without installing solar panels on their roof or their property. You get all of the benefits of clean energy without having to install anything at your home, property, or business.

As a subscriber, you will experience no change in how you receive your electricity.

Will my utility provider change?


Lower energy bills

Members see a guaranteed savings of 10% on their monthly energy bills. That will equate to thousands of dollars in savings over the life of the solar garden.

Support clean energy

This community garden will produce enough energy to power over 150 homes. As a member, you get the benefits of solar energy without the cost of traditional solar panels.

Combat climate change

By joining a community solar garden, you reduce demand for fossil fuels, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and shrink our collective carbon footprint.