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)
Notice of Cogeneration
The Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative Board of Directors adopted the Cooperative Minnesota Distributed Energy Resource Interconnection process, which was updated by the State of Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Minnesota Statute 216B.1611 states cooperatives shall adopt an interconnection process that addresses the issues addressed in the Commission’s order. MVEC’s updated Cogeneration Policy reflects the adoption of the Cooperative Minnesota Distribution Energy Resources Interconnection Process (C-MIP). All new distribution energy resources will follow the C-MIP interconnection process beginning June 1, 2019.
In compliance with MVEC-adopted rules relating to cogeneration and small power production, MVEC is obligated to interconnect with and purchase electricity from cogenerators and small power producers who satisfy the conditions as a qualifying facility. MVEC is obligated to provide information free of charge to all interested members upon request regarding rates and interconnection requirements. All interconnections require an application and approval to become a qualifying facility. Any dispute over interconnections, sales and purchases are subject to resolution by MVEC. Members with questions can contact Jeff Langeberg, Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative, 125 Minnesota Valley Electric Drive, Jordan, MN 55352 or call 952.492.2313 or 800.282.6832.
Questions? For more information contact:
Jeff Langeberg, design engineer
(952) 492-2313 or (800) 282-6832