Thursday, February 17, 2022

Community Solar Subscriptions & Green Power Purchasing Programs

In this webinar, presented live on February 16, 2022, we learned all about city procurement for solar subscriptions and green power purchasing programs for your community. 


9:00am - Welcome and Introductions

9:15Peter Lindstrom, CERTs Manager of Public Sector & Community Engagement - UMN Extension RSDP

  • Overview of Community Solar Gardens and Green Power Purchasing options

9:25 Timothy Denherder-Thomas, General Manager - Cooperative Energy Futures

9:45 - Jen McLoughlin, Sustainability Specialist - City of Woodbury

  • Community Solar Gardens case study

10:10 - Travis Schmidt, General Manager - Moorhead Public Service

10:30 - Lissa Pawlisch, CERTs Statewide Director - UMN Extension RSDP
  • Recent changes to and what's on the horizon for Community Solar Gardens and low income Minnesotans

10:45 - Q&A and Open Discussion

11:00am - Close

View the workshop recording: 

View the slides and additional materials:


Best Practice Actions related to this topic: 

  • 15.2 - Purchase energy used by city government - via the municipal utility, green tags, community solar garden, 3rd party - with a higher renewable percentage than required by Minnesota law.
  • 26.2 Promote resident/business purchases and/or generation of clean energy by:
    • a. Promoting a local utility's green power purchasing program that allows residents/businesses to order/buy new renewable energy.
    • b. Creating and sharing a map of the community’s solar resource and/or linking to the Minnesota Solar Suitability App.
    • c. Connecting residents/businesses with the Solar Directory for potential installers.
    • d. Hosting a community-wide solar bulk-buy program or campaign (also called "solarize" programs). 
  • 26.4 Support a community solar garden or help community members participate in a community solar project by:
    • a. Serving as a host site for a community solar garden.
    • b. Facilitating development, by the municipal utility or other entity, of a community solar garden for residents.
    • c. Participating in a community solar garden to ensure accessibility and availability to low-income residents.

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