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Continued: Xcel ratepayers underwrite major solar push in Minnesota

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 25, 2014 - 6:54 AM

The solar grants underscore one of the technology’s chief criticisms — despite lower costs, solar still relies on subsidies to compete. Lynn Hinkle, policy director for the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association, said he recognizes that is a concern, but sees a shift coming. “We see this as a transition to where you will see a tapering off to no incentives and ­market-driven solar.”


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  • Solar panels on the roof of the Minneapolis Convention Center will be joined by more around the Twin Cities.

  • Workers installed solar panels on the side of the St. Paul RiverCentre Parking Ramp in 2011. Xcel and St. Paul are teaming up again on solar-electric generating projects.

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    Minnesota regulators have approved $42 million in grants for renewable energy generation projects, and research and ­development. The grants are funded by Xcel Energy Inc. ratepayers under a state-mandated program.

    Type Number of Grants

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    Energy generation

    Biomass 2 $7.0M

    Solar 16 $17.8M

    Wind/solar 1 $0. 6M

    Wind 1 $1.1M

    Research and development

    Block grants* 3 $5.5M

    Research projects 6 $10.0M

    * Total may increase to about $6M. Source: Xcel Energy

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