Join the Solar Revolution
MNIPL embraces a vision of a Minnesota run on 100% renewable energy and one with 100% access to the benefits of clean energy. First convened in 2014, the Just Solar Coalition pursues a transition to a green economy that includes everyone, helps to close the employment gap, improves the natural world, and creates a new story about the community's role in the energy system.
Learn about an investment opportunity at Red Lake Nation to transition the community's fossil fuel use to 100% local, clean sources of energy, distributed on a microgrid that will be owned by the Tribe.
Just Solar Values
- Promotes access to solar for all, regardless of credit score
- Strives to close the employment gap
- Works to reduce carbon and protect the environment
- Supports a new story about how we all relate to energy
The Just Solar Coalition
The Just Solar Coalition was convened in 2014. Together with our coalition partners, MNIPL embraced a vision of 100 percent access to the benefits of clean energy. We support a transition to a green economy that not only includes everyone but also helps to close the employment gap, improves the natural world and creates a new story about the community's role in the energy system.
Our work on Community Solar Gardens is guided by a Community Solar values statement that underscores our commitment to full access to clean energy and to providing job training in the solar industry to local, low-income residents.
The Just Solar Coalition includes MNIPL, Community Power, the Sierra Club, Cooperative Energy Futures, and Renewable NRG Partners. We have been supported by grants from the Headwaters Foundation, the Global Shapers, and the McKnight Foundation.
About Community Solar
Minnesota has been a pioneer in Community Solar Gardens since the Legislature passed the state’s first CSG legislation in 2013. Community Solar Gardens allow homeowners or renters in many parts of the state to support clean energy and climate justice and save money on electricity without installing solar panels themselves.
Faith communities are leading the way with community solar. MNIPL and the Just Solar Coalition partnered with Shiloh Temple International Ministries to launch the first community solar array in North Minneapolis in spring 2018 (pictured left), and many more congregations around the state have initiated solar gardens.
All of MNIPL’s solar programs, including its work on Community Solar Gardens, are based on the climate-justice values of the Just Solar Coalition.
MNIPL is now offering Community Solar Garden subscriptions to household customers of Xcel Energy who live counties in Southern and Central Minnesota. Watch for updates as our solar partners open new CSGs in 2020.
All of our Community Solar Garden projects are supported by a job training program that focuses on employing low-income local residents. Just Solar Coalition member Renewable NRG Partners, founded by North Minneapolis resident Jamez Staples, was recently named one of the "Top Twelve Climate Champions" by Green For All. Renewable NRG Partners provides training for jobs in the fast-growing solar industry.