SunShare Commissions 8.2 MW of Community Solar in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS & DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SunShare, the nation’s pioneer in community solar, announced today that
its SaintSun and ZumbroSun community solar projects have been
commissioned and are now live. Owned and operated by SunShare, the
SaintSun (6.9 MWdc) and ZumbroSun (1.3 MWdc) projects in Saint Michael
and Zumbro Falls, Minnesota, consist of six total community solar
gardens, which will serve approximately 1,200 households in Carver,
Wabasha, and adjacent counties, as well as Saint Mary’s University.

Subscribers to both gardens will receive the benefits of clean solar
energy, as well as credits on their Xcel Energy utility bills for energy
generated by the gardens. Both the SaintSun and ZumbroSun community
solar projects were built by Conti Solar, a full turnkey EPC services
contractor with a renowned reputation as a highly experienced and
reliable EPC partner.

“Minnesota is the top community solar state in the nation, and we are
thrilled and honored that SunShare has been able to play such a huge
role in ensuring that residents, and not just commercial entities, can
receive the benefits of the clean, renewable energy that our gardens
produce,” said David Amster-Olszewski, SunShare’s founder and CEO.
“Adding more than 1200 new homes to the community solar program
increases residential participation by almost 10%, and we won’t stop

SunShare is the largest residential community solar subscriber in the
United States, and has enrolled approximately 80% of Minnesota’s active
residential subscribers. SunShare will be hosting a customer
appreciation event at the SaintSun community solar project in Saint
Michael in the June timeframe, so that subscribers and their friends and
family can see the garden in action.

The SaintSun and ZumbroSun projects come online at a fortuitous time for
community solar in Minnesota, on the heels of the House of
Representatives passing an omnibus energy and economic development bill,
HF 2208, which will allow more rural land owners and residents to join
in the community solar movement.

“Community solar and renewable energy have always been bipartisan
efforts, and this bill paves the way for new jobs, and a cleaner,
brighter future for all Minnesota residents,” said Amster-Olszewski. “We
applaud Minnesota leaders like Governor Walz and Speaker Hortman, who
are taking initiative to build Minnesota’s clean energy economy and keep
its climate clean, and we hope to see the Senate do the same in the
coming weeks.”

SunShare has developed more than 100 MWdc of operating community solar
gardens and is the largest residential community solar subscriber in the
United States. SunShare’s community solar gardens enable homeowners,
renters, government organizations, and small businesses that may not
otherwise have the ability to install solar panels on their home or
building to participate in and benefit from renewable energy.

About SunShare

SunShare is a pioneer in community solar that has been transforming the
energy industry with locally-generated solar power since 2011. SunShare
has built the largest active residential subscriber base in community
solar and SunShare’s solar gardens give the communities they serve
powerful options. While local utilities continue delivering their
energy, SunShare customers simply receive credits on their utility bills
that help protect them from rising electricity rates. The SunShare team
is driving innovation and making solar an easy choice. Thousands of
citizens, businesses, and organizations have made the decision to help
create a cleaner, better future by subscribing to SunShare. Learn more

About Conti Solar

Conti Solar is a national EPC, O&M, and energy storage company. Our
attention to detail, flawless execution and collaborative culture has
enabled us to successfully develop and install over 650 MW of solar
projects since our early initiatives in 2004. We leverage established
partnerships with solar developers, IPPs, utilities, off-takers,
suppliers and landowners to streamline project development, design,
construction and operations, driving down project costs and creating
value across all project stakeholders. Majority-owned by Ares EIF with a
minority position retained by the Conti Group, Conti Solar is well
positioned with a diversified network of industry experts and the
financial resources to be a trusted, long-term partner. Learn more at


Wendy Prabhu
Mercom Communications

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