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Solar for Home or Business


MN Solar and More has partnered with Able Energy, one of the leading solar installers in Minnesota and Wisconsin, to bring solar energy to West Central MN. MN Solar and More offers residential, commercial, and community solar garden projects. Give us a call for a no obligation quote to learn how you can reduce or eliminate your energy bill.



Making the decision to install solar panels is a big deal. At MN Solar, we understand that. We have the products, knowledge, and expertise to help ensure you are making the smart economic and environmental choice when installing solar in the MN. Solar panels will supply your home or business with energy for up to 50 years with clean, renewable energy that gives you independence from the electric utility to help protect your family or business from escalating energy costs with a great investment.

Our Focus is You!

It is our mission to assist your choice in going solar for your home or business a simple and well-educated decision. We will walk you through the entire process, from how solar works , to installation, applying for local solar rebates, and providing post installation support. As a solar contractor, solar is our passion and we have helped hundreds of  homes and businesses go solar since establishment in 2009. We can help you go solar or simply answer your solar questions, it all starts with a simple conversation. Our highly experienced solar installers and talented licensed electricians are trained to provide top-of-the-line installations that have been designed by our expert in-house designers and project managers.We have many satisfied customers in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. If you're interested, let us -- and the sun -- do all the work for you and your home or business. 

Solar Cost/solar value


What is the cost of going solar versus doing nothing? 

When considering the cost of solar, it is important to keep in mind a couple of things.First, it is a major investment. Going solar means investing in your future energy independence and a commitment to clean enery. We offer two options, financing with a monthly payment or as an outright purchase. Second, it is a financial investment. And, like any financial investment, you can expect it to make you money in the long run.One thing is certian, no matter the way you choose to pay for the system, solar can help you make money.We offer two options, financing with a monthly payment or as a cash purchase. Your solar system will often cost less than your monthly electric bill if you choose to finance the system.  

The Cost of Doing Nothing

Solar is a very reliable investment in energy. It's also reliable that your electricity rate will continue to rise each year. The Dept. of Energy estimates ulitilies will continue to increase your energy rates between 5 to 8 percent a year for the next 25 years. Even using modest calculations, that means a $100 per month bill today will cost you more than $450 a month in 25 years. Over the life of your solar system, you could save $50,000 or more. Each system is desinged to fit your specific needs, and prices can vary.

Benefits of Solar for Your Home

People across the country (and the world!) are finding that solar provides some pretty clear benefits -- whether it is producing clean energy, creating energy independence, or securing long-term savings. If you're just getting started, or have been looking into it for a long time, solar for your home is a very good way to produce power that is reliable, predictable, and measurable.

Savings

Everyone likes to save a buck. Putting up solar can save you quite a few of them over the life of the system. Over the past decade, the cost of panels and other equipment have dropped dramatically. Combine that with the increased cost of energy, ranging anywhere from 5 to 15 percent each year, we can be certain that the trend will continue for years to come. Installing a solar electric system is one of the easiest ways to defend your pocketbook against the rising cost of energy.

Reliable Source of Energy

Solar may be the most reliable power source available today. It combines the reliability of the sun's energy with the maintenance-free convenience of a solar system. The panels are warrantied for 25 to 30 years, but will last much longer. Unlike wind power, there is no moving parts, the system simply works day-in and day-out to produce clean energy.Along with predictability, solar provides one of the few ways to give home owners energy independence. Large electric utilities have a monopoly in the energy market. There are very few ways that the average person can take back control of how they receive their electricity. 

Home Value

Homeowners experience an unexpected benefit to solar installation -- a home value increase. All home improvement projects reflect some sort of value increase, solar is no different. The National Bureau of Economic Research recently released an analysis that found solar panels add between 3 percent and 4 percent to the value of a home. Most homeowners will gain an immediate return on investment when they install a solar system.

Sustainability

Sustainability is at the heart of our energy future. Clean energy provides undeniable economic and environmental benefits, now and into the future. Solar is azero emission system that provides environmental sustainability by preventing harmful greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere, which also helps prevent the human health risks of some of our traditional fuel sources.

Advantages of Custom Design

  1. PanelsAll of our solar panel systems are custom designed for a specific customer that allows for maximum energy harvest for the most kilowatt hours a year. Essentially, the system pays for itself. A properly procured system can harness as much as 10% more energy each year than a slap and go system. There’ll be no slapping from Able Energy!
  2. Central Inverter
    Our preferred system installation is using a central inverter (also called a string inverter) which will ensure a greater energy yield (once again the pesky thing that pays for your system) on a system that has minimal shading. A central inverter is 1 to 2 inverters that turn DC energy in the usable AC energy you use in your home.
  3. Micro Inverters
    Our favorite when it comes to shaded systems, as they provide maximum individual panel production. Systems that offer minimal to no shading a central inverter is preferred for maximum production, lower cost, and fewer failure points. Contavt us today to discuss your steps to a custom designed, low cost, maximum power producing system.

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Coming Events

Come and see us at the Great Minnesota State Fair, August 24th through September 4th. We are located on Machinery  Hill, on Cooper Street, right next to KQRS.

Current Promotions

State Fair Special - Book your job anytime during the State Fair (Aug 24 - Sep 4) and get $500 off any solar project.



FAQ's

Solar FAQs

Below are some of the questions we are asked most often. If you have a question that is not listed below, simply hit the "Contact Us" button at the bottom of this page.

How Solar Works

I hear solar referred to by different names, like Thermal or PV. Is there a difference? What is it?

Solar Electric Systems utilize Photovoltaic (referred to as PV) to convert light into electricity. Solar Thermal systems use the sun’s radiation to create hot water. MN Solar specializes in Solar Electric (PV) design and installation as well as Solar Thermal.


How big is the system?

Systems vary in size, but a common residential array, or series of panels, equates to 4 KW, which is about 288 sq. ft. This is slightly bigger than the footprint of an average U.S. family room.


How much power can I produce on my roof?

As a general rule of thumb, a 4 KW system will produce about 5,200 kilowatt hours per year. For a practical example, one 255-Watt panel can produce the power equivalent to that used to run 84 compact fluorescent light bulbs for 1 hour a day. Shading and orientation of the array will affect production. All systems are unique and each area offers a different daily solar energy availability level.Map of available kWh per day in the USA-->


How do I know I have a good site for a solar electric installation?


A fairly unobstructed view to the south is a good start. MN Solar can conduct a site survey to discover the best system design for your location, and accurately predict energy harvest for the life cycle of your PV system.


What role does panel efficiency play in energy production? 

Efficiency of panels as a selling point is often misleading, because efficiency plays no role in producing more power. Efficiency only reflects the physical size  and price of a module. For example: compare a 200-Watt panel that is 15 percent to a 200-Watt 20% efficient panel both produce 200 watts, but the more efficient module is smaller. If space is not an issue, a less efficient panel array may very well increase your return on investment.

Installation/ Design

How does the array get attached to the roof?

The system is attached to the roof with industry-approved fasteners for the specific roof type. Each penetration by our installing partner, Able Energy is designed with a minimum of 2 fail-safe measures, eliminating leaks. All parts of a Solar Electric and Thermal system are UL listed and meet rigorous standards.


How much does a typical system weigh?
A typical system will weigh approximately 4 to 5 pounds per square foot. 


Does a solar installation require maintenance?

No! Solar, unlike wind energy, requires very little maintenance.  This is because it has no moving parts to break down from normal wear and tear. For optimum performance, some people clear their system of snow and leaves annually or as needed.


Do I need batteries?

No. While energy storage or self-sufficiency is possible, most systems don’t use batteries. Rather they are tied into the power grid. When the PV system is not producing electricity the grid will provide an uninterrupted power supply to your home or business.


Can I do the installation of my own system?
Under some state rebate rules homeowners are unable to install the system and take advantage of the state rebates that equate to 10 to 50 percent of the system costs. MN Solar and More and Able Energy provides NABCEP certified installers and will assist you in taking full advantage of rebate programs and in most cases provide a cheaper installation than a “kit” bought online.

Financial Benefits

What is the payback on a solar PV system? 

A typical system payback is between 3 to 10 years. Many of our customers are seeing system paybacks less than 5 years. With our current financing program, in most cases, the systems are costing less per month than they would have been paying the utility company.


How much does solar panels cost? 

System size does matter, residential systems typically run around $3-$4 per installed watt.


What is the latest on Solar Tax Credits and Rebates? 

Beyond the 30 percent Federal tax credit, rebates and incentives vary by state. MN Solar can help you maximize these opportunities by filing the appropriate applications and forms. You can also find a wealth of information at dsire.org.


What is the warranty?

The production warranty on panels is 25 years, ten years on string inverters, and ten years on labor.


Does it affect my insurance rates? 

Upon installation of the system, the owner should contact their insurance and there may be a small increase in their annual insurance premiums.


Does it affect my property tax? 

In Minnesota, your property taxes can not be increased. A newly-installed solar power system is 100% exempt from associated property taxes. When a solar power system is installed, your home value rises significantly – twenty times estimated annual electricity savings. With the Minnesota property tax exemption in place, you’ll never pay any taxes on that home value jump.


How much does solar increase my homes value? 

A recent multi market study conducted by Berkley Lab and SunShot indicates a minimum of $3 per Watt increase in your homes value. So if you installed a 5kW system your home is now worth $15,000 more.Short Solar Home Value Increase Study-->Complete Solar Home Value Increase Study-->

Weather Questions

Does Hail damage solar panels?

Solar panels are rated to withstand a direct hit of 1-inch hail at 55 mph. It is very rare for hail to damage panels. Panel replacement would be covered under most insurance policies.


Do we have enough sun in our state for a solar electric system? 

Yes. Germany is a world leader in Solar Electric installations and less sun than Seattle.


Does it work when it’s cloudy? 

Yes. In almost all conditions during the daylight the systems produce electricity. However under heavy clouds, rain, & snow the harvesting ability or the array is limited.

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MN Solar and More

PO Box 262, New London, MN 56288, US

(320) 354-3270

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Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed

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PO Box 262, New London, MN 56288, US

(320) 354-5015

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Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed