Silicon Energy: New Facility in Minnesota’s Growing Solar Industry

President Gary Shaver answers questions - Solar on the Iron Range
President Gary Shaver Answering Questions from the Crowd

As part of the Rural Minnesota Solar Initiative, the Northeast Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) hosted a tour of the new Silicon Energy solar PV manufacturing facility in Mt. Iron. The educational event attracted over 150 Minnesotans, and included comments from Minnesota State Senator David Tomassoni (pictured below), Mountain Iron Mayor, Gary Skalko, and the company’s president, Gary Shaver. The event provided the opportunity to learn about the growing solar energy industry in Minnesota, network with others interested in solar in the community, and hear and see firsthand how Silicon Energy manufactures unique and innovative photovoltaic modules.

Senator David J. Tomassoni shares his excitement - Solar on the Iron Range
Senator Tomassoni Speaking

Silicon Energy is dedicated to making solar energy a mainstream energy resource. After the success of their first facility in Washington State, they opened the Mt. Iron plant in Minnesota in 2011. Their clean manufacturing facility is designed to minimize harmful effects on the environment, producing and implementing PV systems in a local and sustainable manner. Silicon Energy created innovative PV modules that can stand up to Minnesota’s extreme ice and snow.

Some tough panels - Solar on the Iron Range
Man Testing Durability of Solar Panel

From rebates to tax credits, Minnesota has many financial incentives for utilizing sustainable solar energy and installing solar panels. The Xcel Energy MN State Solar*Rewards program, MN State Utilities Incentive, MN State Tax Incentives, and Federal Incentives make solar energy a sustainable and cost effective system for meeting Minnesotan’s energy needs.

For more information on Silicon Energy, visit them at

Thank you to CERTs for the great photos, to learn more about their work with clean energy in Minnesota, visit them at


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