Solar Farm Spotlight: Bluebird

Community Solar Farm
  • Aug 28, 2020

Each month, we spotlight one of the solar projects in our Community Solar program. Community Solar is a new way to receive some of the financial benefits of solar energy—without the hassle of installing your own solar panels. You can learn more about what Community Solar is in this blog post

The solar gardens in our Community Solar program are groups of solar panels located in a field or on a rooftop that leverage the power of the sun to produce renewable energy. Solar gardens typically feed into the larger electricity grid and help to shift the fuel mix to clean, renewable sources—while helping customers save money on their electric bills!

This month’s featured solar project is Bluebird Community Solar Gardens


Bluebird is a portfolio of 15 community solar gardens located in towns across the state of Minnesota—from Osakis to St. Cloud, to Eagle Lake and La Crescent.


Bluebird Community Solar Gardens serve residential customers within the Xcel utility service area in Minnesota. Each Bluebird customer is assigned to one of the 15 gardens within the portfolio, based on their location. Bluebird customers receive up to 5% savings on their solar bill credits!*

Interconnection (when the solar garden starts generating power): 

Most solar gardens in the Bluebird project have already interconnected. The rest will interconnect later this year!

Capacity (how much solar energy the solar garden can generate):

Once all of the solar gardens are completed, Bluebird Community Solar Gardens will have the capacity to generate 36,365,771 kWh of clean solar energy each year. That’s the equivalent of:¹

  • 5,555 cars taken off the road for one year; or

  • 28,331,157 pounds of coal not burned; or

  • 425,154 tree seedlings grown for 10 years!

More about solar in Minnesota:²

  • Minnesota ranks 13th in the country for solar capacity.

  • There is enough solar installed in Minnesota to power nearly 200,000 homes.

  • The price of solar power in Minnesota has declined 40% in the last 5 years! 

Interested in joining a community solar garden? 

If you’re a Minnesota resident within Xcel’s service area, you can sign up today and save 5% on your electric bill.* 

If you’re not a Minnesota resident, find your local Community Solar project and sign up today to save money and the planet!

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¹EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

²SEIA, Minnesota Solar

*IMPORTANT: Community Solar offers up to 25 years of bill credits for your subscription to a solar garden. The subscription price is subject to change each year and is not regulated by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. The bill credit rate is not guaranteed and may increase or decrease over the term of the agreement based on your utility’s rates. Savings are not guaranteed. You may be subject to an early termination fee of $250. Your purchase of bill credits helps support community solar gardens in Minnesota and the environmental attributes of the solar energy production will be sold to Xcel Energy. Limited to well-qualified applicants. Terms and conditions apply and are subject to change. Review the Subscription Agreement for additional details.