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As you explore moving to solar energy for your home, you will find many advantages of becoming more energy independent with residential solar energy.

Unleash the Potential of Residential Solar with Cedar Creek Energy

Are you contemplating the shift to residential solar energy? Cedar Creek Energy is here to guide you every step of the way. As experienced providers of residential solar solutions, we strive to empower Minnesota homeowners to tap into the boundless energy of the sun. The outcome? Lower energy costs, a minimized carbon footprint, and a sustainable lifestyle.

Our residential solar installations encompass everything from meticulous system design to expert installation and maintenance. Each residential solar solution is crafted with the homeowner’s unique energy needs and property in mind. Our goal? To deliver residential solar systems that optimize power generation, promise substantial savings, and enhance the value of your property.

Harness the Benefits of Residential Solar: It’s More Affordable Than You Think!

Solar energy should be accessible to everyone. That’s why at Cedar Creek Energy, we’re making residential solar installations more affordable with various financing options and substantial tax incentives.

The Residential Financing and Rebates page reveals how to capitalize on these financial advantages. Did you know that as a residential solar panel owner, you can benefit from a 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit, the Xcel Energy Solar Rewards Program, Minnesota Power’s Solar Sense Program, low-interest financing through the Center for Energy and Environment, Minnesota Utility Programs, and other grants available for homeowners who want to go solar. These cost and tax-saving programs can significantly offset the cost of your residential solar system, making it an even more worthwhile investment.


Expand Your Knowledge with Our Extensive Residential Solar Video Library

Transitioning to residential solar energy can be a big decision. It’s not just about altering your energy source; it’s about choosing a sustainable and independent lifestyle. We understand the importance of making an informed decision, and that’s why we’ve amassed an insightful Solar Video Library.

In our comprehensive video resource, you’ll find a variety of content, from deep dives into the technical aspects of residential solar installations to practical questions you may have. These videos serve as an educational tool to demystify residential solar energy and answer your pressing questions.

Embrace the Residential Solar Revolution with Cedar Creek Energy

Switching to residential solar energy with Cedar Creek Energy is a simple and rewarding journey. Our dedicated team is committed to providing you with a seamless transition and ongoing support. Our Residential Solar Installations page provides an in-depth overview of our services, showcasing how we can transform your home into a beacon of sustainable living.

Residential solar energy is not just a trend; it’s the future of energy consumption. We invite you to join us in this revolution, reduce your carbon footprint, and enjoy a sustainable, energy-independent lifestyle. Thank you for considering Cedar Creek Energy as your residential solar energy partner. Let’s harness the power of the sun together!

Answering Your Questions

What are the benefits of installing residential solar panels in Minnesota?

Residential solar panels can significantly reduce your electricity bills and make you less reliant on the grid. They’re a renewable energy source, which means you’re also reducing your carbon footprint. Minnesota’s Net Metering program allows you to earn credits for any excess energy your panels produce. So, in the hot summer months, it’s not uncommon for our residential solar customers to get paid by the electric company for the excess energy sold back to the grid rather than paying expensive electric bills.

How does the performance of solar panels hold up during Minnesota's winters?
Despite common misconceptions, solar panels can perform well in cold, sunny conditions. Snow can even enhance performance by reflecting sunlight. Panels are typically installed at an angle, helping snow to slide off, and any accumulation tends to melt quickly due to the panels’ dark color and heat generation.
What size solar array do I need for my home?
The size of your solar array will depend on factors like your energy consumption, the size and orientation of your roof, and the amount of sunlight your home receives. Our experts at Cedar Creek Energy can provide a free consultation to help determine the best system for your needs.
What are the costs associated with installing a residential solar system in Minnesota?
The cost of a residential solar system can vary based on the size and type of the system, your home’s energy needs, and available incentives. While there’s an upfront cost, solar can save you money over time on your electric bills and earn you credits through Net Metering.
What is Minnesota’s Net Metering Policy?

Minnesota’s Net Metering policy allows residential solar customers to receive credit for the excess electricity they generate and feed back into the grid. Here’s a breakdown of how it works:

  1. Power Generation: When your solar panels generate more electricity than your household uses, the excess is sent back into the electrical grid.
  2. Meter Tracking: A special meter tracks the electricity you consume from the grid and the surplus electricity you feed back into it.
  3. Net Metering Credits: The utility company will provide you with credits for the surplus energy you’ve supplied to the grid. The value of these credits is typically equal to the retail rate of electricity.
  4. Billing: At the end of each billing period, you’re billed only for your “net” energy use, which is the difference between the energy you used from the grid and the energy you sent back.
  5. Carry Forward: If your system generates more electricity than you use in each billing period, the excess credits can be carried forward to offset your future bills or deposited into your bank account.

This program enhances the economic benefits of solar power for residential customers, often reducing utility bills substantially or even eliminating them during the sunniest times of the year.

What financing options are available for residential solar panel installations in Minnesota?

Cedar Creek Energy offers several financing options to make residential solar more affordable, including low-interest financing through the Center for Energy and Environment.

What tax incentives and rebates are available for homeowners who install residential solar panels in Minnesota?

Homeowners in Minnesota can take advantage of the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit for systems installed between 2022 – 2032. So, for example, if you spend $30,000 on your solar array, you will receive a Federal tax credit of $9,000. There are also various incentives available through local and state-wide electric companies. This is much more significant than a tax deduction. In this example, a $9,000 credit is applied to any federal tax you owe.

How long does it take to install a residential solar system, and what does the process entail?

The installation of a residential solar system typically takes a few days once the planning and permitting stages are completed. The process involves a site evaluation, system design, permitting, installation, inspection, and finally, activation of your system.

How much maintenance is required for residential solar panels?

Solar panels require minimal maintenance, thanks to their durability and lack of moving parts. Regular cleaning and an annual inspection by a professional are generally all that’s needed to keep your system running smoothly.

Can a residential solar system power my home during a power outage?

A standalone solar system will shut off during a power outage for safety reasons. However, if you have a solar battery storage system installed, you can use stored energy to power essential appliances during an outage.

What is the expected lifespan of a residential solar panel system, and what kind of warranty does Cedar Creek Energy offer?

A residential solar panel system typically has a lifespan of 25-30 years. Cedar Creek Energy offers a comprehensive warranty that covers parts, labor, and performance. The exact terms depend on the specifics of your installation and the manufacturers of your solar products.

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