Residents of most manufactured housing communities (MHCs) have little control over their housing, since the land under their homes is owned and managed by private owners. That's why NCF is committed to helping residents of manufactured housing communities purchase the land under their homes and manage their communities as cooperatives. Resident-ownership restores power to the homeowners that live in MHC's, stabilizes lot rents, and vests community management and governance decisions with the people directly impacted by them.
Like most consumers, residents of manufactured housing communities also tend to have little control over their energy, with the high cost of energy bills being a major cost burden. That's why NCF has partnered with Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF), an energy cooperative based in South Minneapolis, to bring cooperatively-owned community solar to Hillcrest Community Cooperative in Clarks Grove, MN. The 1 Megawatt community solar garden will be located 2 miles northwest of the Hillcrest community.
The garden will enable residents of Hillcrest, residents and businesses of Clarks Grove, and rural families in the area to reduce their energy costs with solar energy and form a new local community of Cooperative Energy Futures members.
CEF has now secured site control and are moving through the Xcel Energy application process to launch what will be the energy cooperative's third community solar garden in Minnesota.