Join the Solar Revolution
The Just Solar Coalition first convened in 2014. Together with our coalition partners, MNIPL embraces 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.
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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.
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 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.
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.