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Solar Panels in Minnesota

There are currently at least 1,570 solar panel installations throughout the state of Minnesota right now.

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Solar Energy Levels in Minnesota

The average monthly solar radiation level in Minnesota's capital city, Saint Paul, of 4.7 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 26% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 29% less than the average level of 6.6 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically high levels (NV). [1]


→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ Minnesota values listed here are based on the capital, Saint Paul.

Solar Radiation in Minnesota

Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average Minnesota solar radiation levels compare to average levels in an area with historcially high levels (NV) and one with historically low levels (WA). [1]

→ k/m/d = kWh/m2/day = kilowatt hours per square meter per day.
→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ Minnesota values listed here are based on the capital, Saint Paul.

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Solar Installs in Minnesota

Solar Panel Installations in Minnesota

A look at solar installs in Minnesota. The chart below visualizes install totals for the top five counties in MN vs. the cumulative install total of rest of MN counties combined.

Breakdown of Solar Installs in Minnesota

There are currently at least 1,570 solar panel installations throughout the state of Minnesota right now. [1]

  • Top Five Solar Install Counties in Minnesota
    • Hennepin County: 375 solar installs
    • Ramsey County: 180 solar installs
    • Washington County: 97 solar installs
    • Winona County: 69 solar installs
    • Dakota County: 62 solar installs
    • Everywhere Else: 787 solar installs

Note: Install totals presented here are those voluntarily contributed from a variety of sources including solar incentive programs, utilities, installers, and the general public. [1] Data for some states is thinner than others.

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Cost of Utilities in Minnesota

Minnesota Electricity Costs

Residential electricity prices in Minnesota averaged 13.36 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in May 2017, which was approximately 5% more than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 12.70¢/kWh in May. [2]

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Minnesota Natural Gas Costs

Residential natural gas prices in Minnesota averaged $7.67 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in March 2017, which was about 33% less than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $11.38 per Mcf in March. [3]

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More about Minnesota

About Minnesota

Minnesota ranks 21st among all states in the U.S. with a population of approximately 5,303,925. [4]

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Solar Energy in MN

To learn more about solar energy and solar power in Minnesota, or for additional solar-related resources in MN, visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Did you know?

Nineteen-year-old Edmund Becquerel, a French experimental physicist, discovered the basis of solar energy in 1839.

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