Renewable Energy Options

There are different opportunities for residents and businesses to source some or all of their energy from renewable sources. Ranging from on-site installations to subscription programs, there are different options available to best suit your needs.

Renewable Energy Subscriptions

Renewable energy subscriptions are a great opportunity for homeowners, renters, and businesses owners to access renewable energy.

  • Xcel Energy Electric Customers: Xcel Energy’s Windsource® is a renewable energy subscription program that allows residential customers to source some or all of their electricity from wind energy. Sign up at
  • Dakota Electric Customers: Dakota Electric’s Wellspring Renewable Energy® gives customers the option to subscribe to some or all of their electricity from renewable wind and solar energy.  Sign up at
  • All Customers: Community solar gardens are great opportunity for homeowners, renters, and business owners to subscribe to renewable energy. You will receive a monthly bill credit based on how large your subscription amount is. Visit to find a garden operator and a list of questions to ask before subscribing. 

On-site Renewable Energy 

You can install solar panels on your home or business. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Determine your property’s solar potential: It’s important to consider your solar potential before deciding if installing solar panels is right for you. You can get a sense of your property’s solar potential by using the Minnesota Solar Suitability App. Visit
  2. Talk to the City: It’s important to talk to the City about your project so you know what permits are needed and confirm that your project is compliant with City Code. Contact Anthony Nemcek, Senior Planner, at 651-322-2090 or at
  3. Select a contractor: Use Clean Energy Resource Teams’ online directory to search for qualified installers. Contacting more than one installer will help you compare bids and make the best choice.  Visit
  4. Check for federal tax incentives: You may be eligible for federal tax incentves when you intall solar panels on your home.  Check out the Department of Energy's Homeowner's Guide to the Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics to learn more.  
  5. Apply for a loan: You may also be eligible for a statewide loan.  Learn more at

Other renewable energy options may exist for your business or residence, such as geothermal.  You can explore additional options by visiting the CERTs Tools & Guides webpage.  

More Information

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