JUST SOLAR

Join the Solar Revolution

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.

Take Action

Explore Solar Options for Your Faith Community or Home

There has never been a better time to join the renewable energy revolution. Learn about how you can support clean, local solar energy while saving on energy bills, and meet 1-on-1 with our staff to discuss options.

Install Solar for your Home or Business 

MNIPL is offering a Twin Cities solar bulk buy program in partnership with Apadana Solar, and we invite you to join in! This is an opportunity to save as much as 50% on a home or business solar installation, while supporting equitable solar. Learn more here.

Sign up for Community Solar!

Community Solar makes clean energy accessible to a broad population, including renters. The Just Solar Coalition's solar gardens offer electric bill savings, flexible terms, and access to all. Click here to learn more and sign up.

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 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.

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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.

Learn more about the Just Solar Coalition's Community solar gardens, see eligible counties, and sign up for a subscription here.

Current Projects

MNIPL has expanded its solar programs in 2017 and now is offering Community Solar Garden subscriptions to customers of Xcel Energy who live in 19 counties in Southern and Central Minnesota.

Subscribe to a Community Solar Garden.

Job Training

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.