'Deep disappointment' over Xcel's new policy that restricts small solar


November 16, 2023

Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

A home solar installation in Excelsior, Minn. on Sept. 3, 2020.

The financial benefits of rooftop solar were part of Kenneth and JoAn Warwick's retirement plan at their historic house in Faribault - once home to the inventor of the Tilt-A-Whirl.

So in 2021, they began the process of installing an array, spending $2,000 to remove a large maple tree in their yard and lining up a loan for initial costs.

But to hook up solar to the grid, Xcel suggested the family would need to pay an enormous sum: $1 million.



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