Mayor Jeffrey Lunde announced the completion of the solar panel installation at city facilities. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Congressman Dean Phillips, Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman, all supporters of clean energy, joined the news conference to talk about the importance of this project.
“Back in 2015, we worked closely with the community to decide where we want the City of Brooklyn Park to go. It was clear they want the city to be a leader in environmental sustainability,” said Mayor Lunde. “Four years later, we are proud to say we were able to complete this project without any cost burden on taxpayers.”
The solar panels are located at three operations and maintenance buildings, the Community Activity Center, police station, central fire station and the water treatment plant. The panels installed generate more than 1.5 Megawatts of electricity per year, which is enough to power about 200 households. The city also entered into several solar garden agreements with Xcel Energy, which brings the city to 100% sustainable energy for city facilities including buildings, streetlights and sewer lift stations.
A Minnesota Solar grant, federal tax credits and a third-party investor called Standard Solar paid for the nearly $2.6M solar panel installation. Cedar Creek Energy designed, engineered and constructed the installation. The city, in partnership with Standard Solar, worked with Apex Efficiency Solutions to install the largest solar project that any city has ever done.
With the solar panel installation, taxpayers will save $60,000 in electricity in 2020 and more than $5.5M over 25 years.
Watch this video of the installation: