Key Policy Briefs

Issues we care about and our involvement

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Solar for Schools

After several years of efforts to make it a reality for Minnesotans, the Legislature passed MnSEIA’s Solar for Schools bill in 2021. Learn more about the bill and how it will benefit schools across the state.
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Energy Storage

Energy storage is a great way to maximize the benefits of solar by enhancing the efficiency and reliability of the grid. With costs rapidly decreasing and the market growing, MnSEIA is making energy storage a priority.
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Community Solar Gardens

Minnesota has a nation-leading Community Solar Garden program that MnSEIA has been lobbying for since 2013. Learn more about MnSEIA's work and how we're collaborating with our partners to improve the program. 
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Distributed Generation (DG) Tariff

Distributed Generation would boost grid resiliency, develop marginal land, and offer utilities a better price per MWh. MnSEIA aims to improve the DG tariff to encourage more solar deployment.
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Minnesota Brightfields

Brightfields are an amazing way to turn unusable land into clean energy by installing solar on closed landfills. See how MnSEIA helped create a pilot project that will open a market of almost a GW of solar in Minnesota.
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Interconnection Standards

The PUC continually updates a set of statewide Interconnection Standards. Learn more about MnSEIA's work with utilities and stakeholders to shape these.  
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Value of Solar

Since 2013, when MnSEIA helped pass the Value of Solar rate, we have worked at the PUC to ensure the rate is fair and accurately calculated.
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PV Demand Credit

The PV Demand Credit offers a great opportunity for Commercial & Industrial solar developers. Learn more about MnSEIA's work developing this rate.
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Planned Outages

Few things are as frustrating to a Community Solar Garden owner or operator as a garden going offline with little notice. See how MnSEIA helps mitigate the impacts of these outages.
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One-Mile Rule

Minnesota utilities sometimes misread the "One-Mile Rule," which can overly complicate solar projects. Learn more about the One-Mile Rule and MnSEIA's legal memo on the issue.
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2022 Minnesota Legislative Session Update

Building on the bipartisan success of the 2021 Session, MnSEIA has an ambitious Legislative Agenda to advance solar and energy storage in Minnesota. Learn more about our 2022 policy priorities.
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2021 Legislative Session Recap

2021 featured the biggest wins for solar since 2013. $31M was allocated for the industry, including wins for Solar for Schools, Solar*Rewards, and a huge new market opportunity in Brightfields.
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2020 Minnesota Legislative Session Recap

The 2020 Legislative Session was one like no other, but MnSEIA found ways to keep Moving Solar Forward. Here’s a look back, including our work to extend the Solar*Rewards program, the Solar on Schools bill, Community Solar Gardens legislation, and more. 
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2019 Minnesota Legislative Session Recap

The 2019 session had several big ticket energy proposals impacting the solar industry relating to energy storage, changes to the Solar*Rewards program, Brightfields, and more. See our recap and how MnSEIA worked to Move MN Solar Forward.       
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Learn more about the working groups we're involved with

MnSEIA works with many partners including government agencies, utilities, non-profits and more to advance clean energy goals in Minnesota. Learn more about these groups and our involvement at the link below.

Logan O'Grady, MnSEIA Executive Director



  Questions? Email MnSEIA's Executive Director, Logan O'Grady.