Xcel Energy's Minnesota Community Solar Gardens (CSG) Program has created hundreds of megawatts of solar in the state and MnSEIA has played an instrumental role in the program's success. 

In 2013, MnSEIA lobbied for legislation that created the CSG program. Since that time, our staff has been working diligently in our regulatory work at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to implement and enhance the CSG program. We have successfully advocated for higher rates and policies that help our developer members. At the Solar*Rewards Community Working Group, we’ve helped facilitate conversations between developers and Xcel Energy to help head off disputes before they happen.

We've pressed hard to keep the Value of Solar Rate, which is the rate paid to CSGs, at levels that create gardens and make them financeable, and we've worked to get a Residential Adder that provides additional compensation for gardens with a significant portion of residential subscribers. In 2019, MnSEIA worked at the legislature to reform the CSG program and maintain our national leadership status. You can check out the successful work we did with CSG's in 2019 here

MnSEIA continues to work with Xcel Energy, the PUC, and at the Minnesota Legislature to strengthen a now maturing community solar program. This includes removing the contiguous county restriction, working on Community Access Projects, and much more.

Community Solar Gardens are a vital part of the solar industry in our state and are crucial in Minnesota's transition to a clean energy economy. MnSEIA will continue to strengthen our growing CSG program and work with our partners to make sure it remains an integral part of Minnesota's solar economy.