City of Roseville staff and Public Works Environment & Transportation Commission (PWETC) is currently studying the utilization of solar energy to help reduce demand on non-renewable energy sources. City staff has met with different solar representatives from installers, financers, non-profit organizations, and the state to look at different options that are available. Each option presents different paybacks periods, upfront costs, long-term maintenance, grant funding, etc. These options will help determine the best course of action to help reduce city energy costs over the next 20 years.
The city is also studying the Community Solar Programs. Through these programs, an entity can install larger solar arrays on rooftops, or ground mount systems. Roseville residents, businesses, faith organizations, etc., could purchase a share of the solar garden to help offset their demand on the non-renewable energy.
Solar Energy Rebates
The Minnesota Department of Commerce has announced a new program of rebates for installing solar energy systems in single-family and multi-family residences. For information on this program and all kinds of energy topics, visit the department website at MN Department of Commerce.
Clean Energy Resource Teams
The Clean Energy Resource Team program connects citizens with resources to help them with clean energy projects in their own communities. For more information, please visit their website at MN CERTs.
To learn more about solar energy, view the MN Department of Energy training videos:
I. Solar 101 for Local Government
II. Local Solar Ordinances
III. Understanding the Solar Regulatory Landscape
IV. Introduction to Solar Project Finance
V. Local Solar Policies and Programs
VI. Installing Solar on Municipal Facilities