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Minnesota's solar capacity jumped almost 50 percent last year

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Part of a community solar garden in Rockford, Minn.
Part of a community solar garden in Rockford, Minn. This type of array is driving solar's growth in Minnesota.
Matthew Hintz for MPR News file

Minnesota's solar energy capacity increased 47 percent last year, according to a new report from the state's Department of Commerce.

The state's total solar capacity is now about 882 megawatts — enough to power over 100,000 homes — according to the new data. 

Solar capacity has increased the past several years in Minnesota, spurring thousands of new jobs and helping renewable energy bypass nuclear to become the state's second-largest electricity source.