Solar For All
Community solar projects are typically aimed at off-takers that have greater financial standing — corporate or municipal customers or high-income residents — and don’t necessarily represent the residents of the community where a system is installed.
IPS Solar is working to change that. In 2018, we installed a community solar array on the rooftop of Shiloh Temple International Ministries, a church in North Minneapolis. Instead of opening enrollment to anyone, we first offered subscriptions to congregation members, neighborhood residents and smaller businesses in the area.
We are planning more community solar projects like Shiloh Temple that prioritize underserved communities, like our ongoing project at Red Lake Indian Reservation in Northwest Minnesota. We’ve also joined local stakeholders in the Just Solar Coalition, a group pushing for inclusivity in solar generation in Minnesota.
We encourage workforce development for residents in communities often overlooked by solar. In fact, part of the team that installed the Shiloh Temple solar garden lives in North Minneapolis, have installed other projects in the area and continue to work in the industry.