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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Xcel Required to Keep Solar Rewards

This is good news: the Minnesota Department of Commerce has rejected Xcel's request to scrap the popular and successful Solar Rewards rebate program.  The Commerce Commissioner's reasons for requiring Xcel to keep Solar Rewards in place sound a lot like the City's position that I wrote about back in August.  Solar Rewards will remain in place for the next three years, though at a smaller rebate subsidy than before.

Again, this lack of commitment to solar energy and building a viable, sustainable solar industry in Minneapolis and Minnesota is one of the reasons I think we ought to keep our energy options open.

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