MINNEAPOLIS — Renewable energy experts at JJR Power in Excelsior, Minnesota, announced that they have seen an “unprecedented demand” for solar power due to incentives and grants created last year by Minnesota Legislature, according to a press release.

JJR Power has developed solar solutions for a variety of businesses and organizations in nine states, including a water treatment plant, schools and hockey arenas, stated the release.

The release reported that last year, legislation regarding solar energy was passed in the state, requiring local, investor-owned utilities to provide millions of dollars in financial incentives over the next five years to promote solar energy system installation.

“Utility rates have gone up 40 percent in the past decade,” said JJR Power President and Founder John Jaffray. “…It’s a growing industry. People are demanding solar, but where do you start? It’s not about the technology, it’s not about the efficiency of the panels; it’s about whether or not solar is a good fit for your company or organization.”