The entire United States has enough solar energy potential to support widespread solar energy development across the country. Even Minnesota has a solar resource that compares to Florida! Yet, despite this, our vast solar resource remains largely untapped—while countries such as Germany, with significantly less solar resource potential than Minnesota, races to the lead in global solar energy production.
SOLAR IN MINNESOTA – DID YOU KNOW?
- Minnesota has a solar resource similar to many southern states.
- Solar panels actually work more efficiently in cooler climates.
- Minnesota has a significantly greater solar resource than Germany, the world’s leader in solar electricity.
- Minnesota currently ranks 15 in solar energy production in the United States, while Michigan and Wisconsin are in the top 5.
- There are incentives and rebates available for solar. Want to learn more? Check out the DSIRE database for a current listing of available solar financial resources.
WHY A MN SOLAR STANDARD
- Minnesota has an ample solar resource that is comparable to parts of Florida and Spain, yet it remains largely untapped.
- Minnesota is home to a small, but growing, share of the solar industry: there are over 50 solar energy businesses currently in Minnesota. A Solar Energy Standard will provide a market base for even more businesses to invest and create jobs in the state.
HOW IS OUR SOLAR RESOURCE MEASURED?
- Solar insolation is the measurement used to evaluate solar energy resource potential and refers to the amount of solar radiation that hits a particular surface for a given period of time. Solar insolation is commonly expressed as watts per square meter: W/m² or kilowatt-hours per square-meter per day: kWh/(m²/day).