There is no simple answer, but below are areas to consider when researching this topic.
Though there’s no one-size-fits-all solar solution, the U.S. Department of Energy has this guide that can help you figure out what’s best for you. They suggest you consider these questions before you go solar:
- How does solar work?
- Is my home suitable for solar panels?
- How do I start the process of going solar?
- Can I install solar myself?
- How much power can I generate with solar?
- Will I save money by going solar?
The U.S. Department of Energy states the following benefits of solar energy:
- Cost Savings A solar electric system provides an opportunity for anyone who is looking to reduce monthly utility bills and make a long-term, low-risk investment.
- Increased Home Value Solar panels are viewed as upgrades, like a renovated kitchen or a finished basement, so purchasing a solar energy system will likely increase your home’s value.
- Solar Works Everywhere The solar resource of the United States is enormous. In fact, just one hour of noontime summer sun is equal to the annual U.S. electricity demand.
- Environmental Each kilowatt-hour (kWh) of solar that is generated will substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions like CO2, as well as other dangerous pollutants such as sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. Solar also reduces water consumption and withdrawal.
Want a simpler solution? Consider MVEC GreenSource renewable energy options
Guidance for planning and installing your own solar energy system – A Minnesota’s Consumer Guide (pdf)
5 Steps to Small Solar Generation (PDF)
If you are interested in moving forward with a small solar electric system, please follow these steps:
- Requirements (pdf)
- Process (pdf)
- Contracts (pdf)
- Applications (pdf)
- Larger than 40 kW solar systems (pdf)
- MVEC Interconnection Requirements (pdf)
- MVEC Interconnection Agreement (pdf)
- MVEC Engineering Data Submittal (pdf)
- MVEC DG Application Process (pdf)
- MVEC Interconnection Application (pdf)
Notice of Cogeneration
In compliance with Minnesota Adopted Rules relating to Cogeneration and Small Power Production, Chapter 7835, MVEC is required to interconnect with and purchase electricity from co-generators and small power producers who satisfy the conditions of a Qualifying Facility.
MVEC has available and will provide free information to all interested members regarding rates and interconnection requirements. An application for interconnection is required for a Qualifying Facility to interconnect and operate in parallel with the cooperative’s distribution system and is subject to approval by the cooperative.
Questions? For more information contact:
Jeff Langeberg, design engineer
(952) 492-2313 or (800) 282-6832