Below are some of the benefits of a community solar garden:
Saves Money by Lowering Energy Costs
In the long-run, there will be a lower monthly price for the
electricity paid by Blue Earth County as a result of subscribing to a community
solar garden. Solar energy costs have been substantially decreasing in the last
10 years, making this an investment opportunity with long-term, stable,
The price volatility of fossil fuels, along with the difficulty of
forecasting fossil fuel prices, could present a risk due to fluctuating energy
rates. Recently, Xcel Energy proposed an energy rate increase of nearly 10%
over the next 3 years. Adding solar energy offers greater stabilization of the
County’s electricity costs. The community solar garden becomes an investment
opportunity, while providing protection against unpredictable electricity
Supports Local Blue Earth County Development
The community solar garden developers keep the money local by leasing
the land from a local owner, and by generating local jobs to build, and manage
the solar garden system.
No Initial Cost
By participating in the Solar Rewards Community Project, Blue Earth
County does not pay the initial high costs of installing a solar energy system.
Instead, it subscribes to a share of a community solar garden owned and
operated by an energy company.
Solar, one of the fastest-growing industries in America, is 100%
pollution free. It creates energy from sunlight instead of fossil fuels
avoiding emission of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. Therefore,
making solar environmentally the most clean and green energy.
There is no visual obstruction with solar gardens. They operate
silently, have no-moving parts, and do not release offensive smells.
The solar system provides energy independence. By producing the
renewable energy at home, we purchase less fossil fuels, thus we contribute to
a homegrown energy helping to secure America’s energy future.
Solar energy is inexhaustible so it will never run out.
Blue Earth County will be an example of using renewable energy
resources while protecting the environment and saving money.