Minn. PUC approves Xcel-solar industry deal on community shared solar

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Minn. PUC approves Xcel-solar industry deal on community shared solar

June 29, 2015

The increased regulatory certainty and Xcel’s commitment to completing interconnections are expected to move construction ahead and allow Minnesota to lead U.S. community shared solar growth, according to SunShare CEO David Amster-Olzewski.

The agreement approved by the Public Utilities Commission included, according to renewables advocate Fresh Energy, a retroactive 5 MW limit for projects at an interconnection, the option to propose new projects up to 5 MW until September 25, and a limit on project proposals of 1 MW after that.

Because developers like SunEdison and SolarCity, and ratepayer advocates, including the Minnesota Department of Commerce, argue a 10 MW cap would make arrays more economic for subscribers and only impose a 0.25% to 0.5% rate increase, the commission may revisit that question before its final decision, expected in 30 days.

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