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Xcel wants to build community solar arrays to meet government rules.
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Minnesota’s first community solar garden went online in August in Rockford, where 25 customers of the Wright Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association bought shares and will see credits on their monthly energy bills.
Wright Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association
This July 2013 photo provided by the Wright Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association shows the first community solar array in Minnesota, in Rockford, Minn. A sweeping state energy law approved this spring demands that utilities generate or procure 1.5 percent of their power from solar sources by 2020 ó a big step up from where the state is now. Under that law, Xcel Energy Inc. has until Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, to tell how the giant electricity provider would like to manage the rollout of the developer-driven gardens, which are neighborhood hubs of solar panels used to generate small amounts of...