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Continued: First community solar projects getting launched

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 19, 2013 - 2:27 PM

Denison said the company is working with nonprofits and other groups whose members could sign up for solar garden units. He said the financial structure also will include some outside investors who typically participate because of the tax benefits, mainly the 30 percent investment tax credit for solar. Subsidies from the utility under the new state solar law also could benefit the project.

Scott Cramer, owner of Northern Sun Merchandising, where the first Minneapolis solar garden will be built, said the technology is vastly improved from the solar panels he installed on the roof 10 years ago, which now will be taken down. “For any business owner with a flat roof, this is a good investment,” Cramer said. “I can talk all day about how we are baking our planet, which we are, but … this makes business sense.”

 

David Shaffer • 612-673-7090 Twitter: @ShafferStrib

  • Solar GArden Information

    More information about the solar garden projects in Minneapolis and Rockford is on the sponsors’ websites:

    MN Community Solar: mncommunitysolar.com

    Wright Hennepin: www.whe.org

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