What is community solar?
Rooftop solar isn’t accessible or realistic for 80% of households, but anyone can participate in community solar. Solar energy is an abundant, clean resource that you and your neighbors can harness for the good of the climate.
How it works
You and your neighbors
join forces to jumpstart your local community solar garden.
Soak up the sun
Your community solar garden harvests renewable energy from the sun.
Power the grid
Clean, local energy is fed
to the grid that powers your home.
Earn credit towards your electricity bill based
on how much energy the community solar garden produces. Most members save 10% annually on electricity bills.
Will my utility provider change?
As a subscriber, you will experience no change in how you receive your electricity.
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.
It seems too good to be true – how is it free?
It is true and it is free! You are guaranteed savings. Each month you will receive a bill credit from Xcel based on the total kwh’s your % of the garden produced for that month. (The bill credits are published and they are guaranteed for the duration of the program.) The next month you will pay the solar garden operator (Novel Energy Solutions) $.01/kWh less than the value of your bill credit for that same amount of energy – guaranteeing savings! You also have no ownership, no hassle, or risk in the garden. It is a win-win for everyone!
Find a solar garden near you
Ready to go solar? Below is a list of community-powered solar gardens currently being built. Membership is limited so apply soon.
Join the Belview Community Solar Garden
The Belview Community Solar Garden will produce the energy equivalent of 87,240 gallons of gas consumed, 390 tons of coal burned, or 30 homes of energy used per year.
Join the Winona Community Solar Garden
The Winona Community Solar Garden will produce the energy equivalent of 57,630 gallons of gas consumed, 260 tons of coal burned, or 210 homes of energy used per year.
Join the Novel Energy Community Solar Garden
The Novel Energy Community Solar Garden will produce the energy equivalent of 843,364 gallons of gas consumed, 4129 tons of coal burned, or 850 of energy used per year.
Join the Western MN Community Solar Garden
The Western Minnesota Community Solar Garden will produce the energy equivalent of 147,980 gallons of gas consumed, 724 tons of coal burned, or 150 homes of energy used per year.