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Minnesota Solar Panels Less Productive in 2019 Than 2018

Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that solar panels in Minnesota were less productive in 2019 than they were in 2018. The capacity factor, or amount of electricity solar panels produced compared to their theoretical maximum output, was just 17.3 percent in 2019, compared to 18.6 percent the year prior. This constitutes a nearly seven percent decline in solar productivity year-over-year. However, 2018 was a record-high year for electricity generated from solar panels because even though solar panels were less productive in 2019 than in 2018, there were more solar panels in service during 2019, helping to make...

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