Congregations, community members, and Gusties in Southern Minnesota are working together to live out a shared commitment to sustainability and resilience and to take their communities and the region to the next level in organizing for a just and sustainable future! 

Together we focus on solutions that are practical, create systemic change, and promote relationship-building. Join us! Come to an upcoming event below or contact Southern Minnesota Coordinator Briana Baker at [email protected]

Comunity Solar in Southern MN

MNIPL and the Just Solar Coalition have partnered to launch a community solar array in Southern Minnesota, providing an opportunity for homeowners, renters, churches, and businesses to support clean, local energy while saving on electricity costs. The location of the solar garden is Janesville, MN, and subscriptions are available to residents in Waseca County and all neighboring counties who are customers of Xcel Energy.

The Just Solar Coalition is committed to local control of our energy, transparent business practices, and making the benefits of the growing clean energy industry accessible to everyone.

CSG sign-ups are still happening in the southern Minnesota. If you know of folks who would like to save on electricity though cooperative solar, we would love to hear from you. MNIPL supports part of our operating budget through these solar subscription referrals, so you’d be helping support MNIPL as well. Click here to listen to our Southern MN Organizer, Briana, speak about this incredible opportunity.

If you live in St Peter and are interested in Community Solar, St Peter Public Utilities offers their own  Community Solar opportunity! For more information, visit the this page on the city website or email [email protected].

The MNIPL Southern Minnesota Network is supported by Briana Baker!

Briana supports the Southern Minnesota Network and MNIPL's solar work in this region. She lives in Mankato and recognizes the great potential of rural communities. Briana completed her bachelor's degree at Gustavus Adolphus College and has been involved with a variety of nonprofits, including service in Lutheran Volunteer Corps and AmeriCorps. She also works for Minnesota Council of Churches, Refugee Services office in Mankato.

You can reach Briana at [email protected]