How Do Community Solar Gardens Work?

GREAT. VERY GENUINE. I LOVE THE GOLDEN TRASHCAN AWARD.> GARDENS ARE BLOOMING ACROSS MINNESOTA. RENEWABLE POWER, AND HOW DO SOLAR GARDENS WORK? A GOOD QUESTION. WE WENT TO FIND OUT. Reporter: WHAT USED TO BE ON THIS LAND? THIS WAS PRETTY MUCH A HAYFIELD FOR MY BISON. Reporter: 20% DO SOLAR PANELS, ENOUGH TO CREATE ENERGY FOR 800 HOMES FOR YEAR. SPIRIT — THEY WERE, CLOUDY, RAINY, SNOWY, THE SUNRAYS COME THROUGH, PRODUCING ELECTRICITY. Reporter: THERE ARE THREE WAYS YOU GET SOLAR PANEL, A PANEL ON THE ROOF, A SOLAR FARM. LIKE THE NORTH STAR SOLAR FACILITY. THESE ARE SOLAR GARDENS? THESE PROJECTS ARE MADE FOR THE COMMUNITY. Reporter: WITH IPS SOLAR. THE POWER DOESN'T POWER UP THE HAREL — THE HOUSE OR FARM NEXT DOOR, WHERE DOES IT GO? IT GOES TO THE GRID. Reporter: THE KINETIC ENERGY HITS THE PANELS WHICH KNOCK ELECTRONS LOSE, GOES TO AN INVERTER.

CONVERTING IT TO AC ELECTRICITY. ANY HOME OR BUSINESS. Reporter: GOING TO POWER LINES TO THE UTILITIES GRID, USUALLY EXCEL ENERGY. A LOT OF IT IS GOING INTO WISCONSIN. Reporter: HOMEOWNERS OR GROUPS CANCER — CAN SUBSCRIBE TO THE GARDENS, THEY GET A CREDIT ON THEIR BILL. USUALLY A SAVINGS ON THEIR ELECTRICITY COSTS. Reporter: ABOUT HALF IS FROM THE 131 SOLAR GARDENS, WHICH IN MOST CASES LEASE THE LAND FROM FARMERS LIKE ED..

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