Minnesota is out in front, leading the way with one of the most comprehensive community solar programs in the country and, as with any brand new development, Xcel Energy’s community solar program has gone through some growing pains. Technical issues like where and how to site each garden as well as financial issues like signing up all of the owners in each garden take time, especially because it’s the first time anyone in Minnesota is doing this kind of community-based solar development. Thankfully, the Public Utilities Commission has given yet another clear message to the families, businesses, and community organizations that are working together to get a community solar garden up and running. Recent public comments have been sent to Xcel letting them know that, even though there are some slight growing pains, the community solar program should move forward as anticipated. This clear market signal will help ensure that communities can continue to work together to bring homegrown energy to fruition right here in Minnesota.