In spite of its cold and dark reputation, Minnesota has good solar potential, as well as Houston, Texas, and many parts of Florida. As solar energy system components have become more efficient and less costly an increasing number of solar energy installations have been installed in Minnesota. Since 2005, the interest in solar energy has rapidly increased such that many communities have had to address solar installations as a land-use issue. Solar energy components continue to improve in efficiency and decline in price; the U.S. Department of Energy forecasts that solar energy will start to reach widespread cost parity with retail electric costs by 2016.
But solar energy is much more than an alternative (or supplement) to utility power. Solar energy has become a symbol of energy self-sufficiency and environmental sustainability. The growth in solar installations is attributable more to the non-economic benefits than as an economic substitute for the electric utility. Households and businesses wanting to reduce their carbon footprint see solar energy as a strong complement to energy efficiency. Volatility in natural gas prices makes free solar fuel look attractive as a price hedge.
The interest and use of solar technologies have recently increased tremendously. Incentives available from state and local utilities now make installing a system more affordable than ever before. Conservation Technologies can help you develop and install a solar electric and/or solar hot water system to meet your specific energy needs.
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ENERGY PLUS, INC.
4811 Miller Trunk Highway
Duluth, MN 55811
Office Phone: (218) 722-7818
Fax: (218) 722-2146
Solar Estimates: Doug@energy-plus.com