Information on solar thermal and electric technologies. Includes purchasing considerations, benefits, challenges, and a list of renewable energy installers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Contains basic information about solar power and is a good place to begin the process of deciding how solar might work for you.
Solar Ready Building Design Guidelines
Guidelines that address specific site planning, building form, space planning, roofing, and mechanical and electrical issues during the design phase of solar ready buildings.
Solar Ready Construction Specification
Specification that explains how to prepare a building for the future installation of a solar system.
Solar Modeling Resources
A list of financial analysis, modeling and decision making tools for solar compiled by Sandia National Laboratory.
Development of Standards for Rooftop Solar Thermal Retrofits Report (.pdf)
The Minneapolis Saint Paul Solar America Cities Program strives to expand the use of solar energy technologies in the Twin Cities. One of the pathways to expanded use of solar technology is to reduce barriers to and costs of solar installation. In this report, we examine the need for across-the-board structural engineering evaluations of certain common solar thermal system configurations.
Unglazed Transpired Solar Collector Technology Overview (.pdf)
An unglazed transpired solar collector can be used to preheat ventilation air using incident solar energy. The Solar Wall Report (.pdf) is performance analysis done by Minnesota State University, Mankato on solar walls in Minnesota.
Hiring a Renewable Energy Contractor
Questions to ask a renewable energy contractor; includes links to maps of solar and wind energy contractors in Minnesota.
Search Renewable Energy Installers Directory
A directory called Clean Energy Builder is provided by Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS) to find companies in Minnesota that can help you plan, implement and manage clean energy projects.
Get Added to Renewable Energy Installers Directory
A completely free service provided by Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS) to include your company in the online directory.
Minnesota Solar Challenge
This is a collaborative project to provide support for local communities pursuing increased access to financing, standardized permitting processes, and updated planning and zoning codes and other solar-related policies.
Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program
The Minnesota legislature and Governor Dayton signed into law the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program for consumers who install PV and solar thermal systems using solar modules and collectors certified as manufactured in Minnesota.