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The Vomela Companies – 1.3 MW

Project Name: The Vomela Companies
Project Size: 1.3 MW
Panels: 3,408
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Commissioned: 2020
   

 

 

Impact Power Solutions installed this 1.3 MW solar array at the brand new headquarters of The Vomela Companies in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

The panels will produce roughly 1,600,000 kWh per year, enough to power 131 average Minnesota homes. Over 30 years the solar panel system will offset nearly 36,000 tons of CO2, the equivalent of adding over 44,000 acres of trees to our forests.

The Vomela Companies is a family-owned business founded in 1947. They are committed to creating a company culture of exemplary citizenship and corporate social responsibility. Through their company wide CARES initiative, Vomela rewards and recognizes one another and reinforce their core company values.

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At Home Apartments – 524 kW

Project Name: At Home Apartments
Total Project Size: 623 kW
Number Of Locations: 7
Commissioned: 2016-2019
   

 

At Home Apartments has been adding solar to their properties since 2016 and now has 7 communities powered with clean energy. 

These 7 solar projects will produce roughly 741,370 kWh per year, enough to power 60 average Minnesota homes. Over 30 years the solar panel systems will offset over 15,000 metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of adding 20,500 acres of trees to our forests. 

At Home Apartments President, Alan Spaulding, understands the importance of switching to solar. “This solar array is an example of how companies and individuals can make meaningful contributions to preserve our planet and improve our communities. I challenge each of you to please join At Home Apartments in trying to lead a more responsible lifestyle at home and at work each day.” 

 

AHA Communities With Solar

♦ CityVue Apartments

♦ Lakewood Isles Apartments

♦ Lynnwood Apartments

♦ Parkway West Apartments

♦ St. Anthony Village Apartments

♦ The Reserve at Mendota Village*

♦ View Pointe Apartments*

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Utepils Brewing – 80.7 kW

Project Name: Utepils Brewing
Project Size: 80.7 kW
Panels: 221
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Commissioned: 2019
   

 

 

IPS Solar installed this 80.7 kW solar array nestled on the banks of Bassett Creek between the Harrison & Bryn Mawr neighborhoods of northwestern Minneapolis to offset the electricity load of Utepils Brewing.

The panels will produce roughly 96,000 kWh per year, enough to power 8 average Minnesota homes. Over 30 years the solar panel system will offset nearly 2,200 tons of CO2, the equivalent of adding over 2,400 acres of trees to our forests.

Utepils Brewing first served their delicious beer to the public on February 1, 2017. They strive to offer their guests the opportunity to taste great European Style beer made fresh locally. 

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Frattalone Companies – 40 kW

Project Name: Frattalone Companies
Project Size: 39.8 kW
Panels: 109
Location: Inver Grove Heights, MN
Commissioned: 2019
   

 

IPS Solar installed this 39.8 kW Photovoltaic solar electric energy system in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota to offset the electricity load of Frattalone Companies, Inc.

The panels will produce roughly 46,000 kWh per year, enough to power four average Minnesota homes. Over 30 years the solar panel system will offset nearly 1,100 tons of CO2, the equivalent of adding over 1,200 acres of trees to our forests.

Frank Frattalone launched F.M. Frattalone Excavating & Grading, Inc in 1970. Fifty years later, Frank’s sons, Nick as CEO and Tony as COO, are leading the second generation with a plan in place to continue to the third generation. Along the way the company name has changed to Frattalone Companies, Inc., to reflect the broader array of services and addition of subsidiary and affiliate operations that support our civil site construction operations.

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Extra Space Storage – 524 kW

Project Name: Extra Space Storage
Total Project Size: 524 kW
Number Of Installs: 3
Commissioned: 2019
   

Extra Space Storage has been adding solar to their facilities since 2010 and now has well over 200 locations powered with clean energy. IPS Solar helped them install solar at their facilities in St. Louis Park, Minnetonka, and Plymouth totaling 524 kW. 

The three arrays will produce roughly 623,000 kWh per year, enough to power 52 average Minnesota homes. Over 30 years the solar panel system will offset over 13,000 metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of adding 15,000 acres of trees to our forests. Rooftop solar on self storage facilities can offset anywhere from 80% to 100% of the annual electrical usage.

Extra Space Storage CEO, Joe Margolis, understands the financial and environmental benefits of solar. “Solar is now a big part of our corporate sustainability program, and part of our ongoing effort to be good corporate citizens,” said Margolis. “Generating rooftop solar-energy production in lieu of using energy from carbon-emitting sources furthers this commitment and leverages a previously unused asset within our portfolio—our rooftops—and provides cost savings from reduced utility expense.”

Extra Space Storage Locations With Solar

♦ Plymouth

♦ St. Louis Park*

♦ Minnetonka

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Ancona Title & Escrow – 51.6 kW

Project Name: Ancona Title & Escrow
Project Size: 51.6 kW
Panels: 159
Location: White Bear Lake, MN
Commissioned: 2019

 

 

In the spring of 2019 Ancona Title & Escrow launched a series of clean energy initiatives aimed at reducing the company’s impact on the climate and further differentiating Ancona as the title company with a new and fresh approach. 

The installation of three solar arrays on their White Bear Lake offices was the crown jewel of that initiative! The arrays will offset a combined 95,000 lbs of carbon dioxide each year and generate about 70% of the office’s electricity needs. 

Ancona also supports home buyers who make energy efficiency part of their new home. Schedule a home energy audit with the Minnesota Home Energy Squad prior to your closing, and Ancona will cover the fee. The Home Energy Squad will visit your new home and perform applicable installations at no extra cost. Here are some of the benefits:

– LED lightbulb replacements
– Programmable thermostat
– Insulation inspection
– Water heater and pipe insulation
– Air leak detection

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LifeSource – 139 kW

Project Name: LifeSource
Project Size: 139.1 kW
Panels: 428
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Commissioned: 2018
   

IPS Solar installed this 139 kW Photovoltaic solar electric energy system in Minneapolis, Minnesota to offset the electricity load of LifeSource, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in the Upper Midwest.

The panels will produce roughly 165,000 kWh per year, enough to power 13 average Minnesota homes. Over 30 years the solar panel system will offset nearly 3,700 metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of adding more than 4,000 acres of trees to our forests.

The system is highly flexible, allowing installs around HVAC units, so space is not wasted. IPS expects at least 30-40 years of useful life out of the system.

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The Specialty Manufacturing Co. – 800 kW

Project Name: The Specialty Manufacturing Co.
Project Size: 800 kW
Panels: 2,462
Location: St. Paul, MN
Commissioned: 2018

The Specialty Mfg. Co. has a rich heritage in St. Paul that spans more than a century and four generations. A family business, the company was built on creative energy, a tradition of helping people with their products,
and a commitment to supporting its community. All three of these pillars factored into the company’s decision to go solar.

“Beyond the tax benefits and the sustainability component, solar is a proven technology. Not only can we predict what the systems will produce based on our 1,000+ installations, but we can also track production online. It’s extremely gratifying to show Specialty Manufacturing that the arrays have already produced 114 megawatt hours in their short tenure,” said Andy Stahlman, IPS Solar sales executive. “One of Specialty Manufacturing’s goals was to operate more efficiently, and together, we’ve made that a reality by using two rooftops that were previously an afterthought.”

Within just 8 months, IPS Solar successfully installed 400-kilowatt (kW) solar arrays on two Specialty Mfg. buildings in St. Paul that, when combined, produce 800 kW of electricity at full capacity. These arrays are
believed to be the most significant member installation among electric cooperatives state wide.

Download The Specialty Manufacturing Co. Case Study 

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The Coffee Shop Northeast – 20 kW

Project Name: The Coffee Shop Northeast
Project Size: 20 kW
Panels: 64
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Commissioned: 2017

In the heart of the Audubon Neighborhood, in Minneapolis, you will find one of Minnesota’s most unique rooftop solar arrays. The neighborhood coffee shop is using more than 60 solar panels to power its facility. New solar energy incentives made this an easy decision for a company committed to energy efficiency.

The Coffee Shop Northeast came to IPS Solar with the request to do something special for the business. Our project engineers designed a project that will not only save the business money, but provide an aerial landmark for the next 25 years. In addition to design and development, IPS Solar also installed the solar array.

 

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Insight Brewing – 19.8 kW

Project Name: Insight Brewing
Project Size: 19.825 kW
Panels: 61
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Commissioned: 2018
   

 

IPS Solar installed this 19.8kW Photovoltaic solar electric energy system in Minneapolis, Minnesota to offset the electricity load of Insight Brewing. Insight Brewing will be one of the first breweries in the state to be powered with 100% renewable energy. 

The panels will produce roughly 23,500 kWh per year. Over 30 years the solar panel system will offset roughly 1,200,000 pounds of CO2, the equivalent of adding nearly 21 acres of trees to our forests.

The system is highly flexible, allowing installs around HVAC units, so space is not wasted. IPS expects at least 30-40 years of useful life out of the system.

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