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The state’s reliance on solar energy is becoming increasingly prevalent as states around the country shift away from coal-fired generation and towards wind.
A recent study found that solar power is the largest source of clean, renewable energy in Minnesota.
The solar energy sector also employs more than 200,000 Minnesotans, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce.
Solar energy is more efficient than traditional energy sources, but it has not been cheap.
A new report by the Solar Energy Industries Association shows that solar energy prices are rising by $1.80 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in Minnesota since 2012, as the industry becomes more competitive.
That’s not a problem for most Minnesota households, however.
The average cost of a solar system has declined by $2.30 per watt since 2011, according the Solar Power Association, a trade group for the solar industry.
While wind power is becoming more widespread, the solar energy industry has not always fared well.
According to the Solar and Renewable Energy Association (SRIA), Minnesota’s renewable energy sector grew only 2.4% between 2011 and 2016, but its share of the state grid has grown by nearly 1.5%.
The growing cost of solar energy has pushed solar-power companies out of the marketplace.
A large chunk of the industry’s revenue comes from customers paying solar-company owners for the cost of installing and maintaining solar panels, and that can add up quickly.
That cost can also add up to tens of thousands of dollars a year in added expenses for grid operators and service providers.
For now, there is hope that solar could eventually gain enough support to offset the rising costs of installing solar panels on Minnesota’s grid.
The Solar Energy Industry Association recently released a report that looked at the impact of solar on Minnesota and other states that are struggling with energy shortages.
In 2016, Minnesota had an average cost per kilawatt hour of about $14.20.
In 2017, that dropped to about $12.20, and in 2018 it was just under $11.50.
The Solar Energy Association report also noted that Minnesota has a large solar energy network, which could help offset the higher costs of solar installations.
That network has already seen a rise in the amount of solar power installed by about 10% since 2010.
Minnesota has a state law that requires that solar companies provide customers with a warranty on their solar panels if they have installed panels within three years of the end of the installation contract.
The state has a similar warranty for wind power.
The state is also required to provide solar power to households and businesses that have solar panels within five years of installation.
Solar companies are required to pay a portion of those costs, but not a full rebate.
That means that solar customers are paying higher electricity rates than other customers, even if they are paying for solar panels.
The report notes that a few states, including California and South Dakota, are making progress on this issue.
But, even in those states, solar customers may have to pay more to offset solar costs.
The SRIA also notes that many Minnesota homeowners have solar installed, but the industry is struggling to keep up with the growing demand.
The organization noted that solar PV systems have a high upfront cost of installation and installation costs vary widely across the state.
In addition, the SRIA said that the state may not have enough solar capacity to meet the needs of all of the people who want to buy solar panels each year.
The NRDC also points out that solar’s continued growth is due in part to the rise in solar photovoltaic (PV) panels installed on rooftops.
These panels have higher power density and are more efficient at converting sunlight into electricity.
However, the cost per watt is still a significant issue for many Minnesota households.
Solar panels installed in Minnesota cost $1,500 per year, according a recent report by Raimondo Energy.
Solar panels installed nationally average $1 in Minnesota and about $1 per watt in the United States.
The solar industry is also battling a major issue: The state’s solar mandate requires the use of panels that generate 20 percent of the electricity used in the grid.
Solar advocates have argued that this requirement should not apply to the industry, which only uses about 10 percent of Minnesota’s electricity.
In a statement, the Minnesota Energy Research Center said the state has been working to reduce the impact that the 20 percent mandate has on solar panel prices.
The goal is to reduce costs by 20 percent, but that requires cutting back on other costs.
The panel industry has been very responsive to these recommendations, and the industry will continue to work on reducing costs,” the statement read.