Why is there more opportunity for solar in the metro than in outstate Minnesota?

In her story, “Solar energy disparity emerges among Minnesota schools,” MPR’s Elizabeth Dunbar contrasts the investments in solar by school districts in the Xcel service area with the lack of investments in those schools districts served by coops in outstate Minnesota.

Basically all of us in the Xcel service area have opportunities that aren’t available to those who live in outstate Minnesota. Dunbar does a good job describing the problem, a prerequisite to finding the solution.

In the last election, House Republicans said that they would be the ones who would provide more opportunities for outstate Minnesotans. Outstate Minnesotans are waiting.