Work continues on two studies required by 2013 legislation: Solar Thermal and On-site Energy Storage. The Solar Thermal study will analyze the potential costs and benefits of expanding the installation of solar thermal projects in residential and commercial buildings in Minnesota. Thirty-five solar stakeholders convened on Nov. 7 to discuss barriers and energy opportunities for solar heating and cooling. Their input will inform the study process. A final report from Commerce is due to the Legislature by Jan. 1, 2014.
The On-site Energy Storage White Paper will examine the potential costs and benefits of installing utility-managed, grid-connected energy storage devices installed in residential and commercial buildings in the state. The study will be submitted by Commerce to the Legislature by Jan. 1, 2014.