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City of Edina Solar Garden – 664 kW

Project Name: City of Edina Solar Garden
Project Size: 664 kW
Panels: 1,926
Location: Edina, MN
Commissioned: 2019
   

Edina residents now have their own solar garden, but it will likely be hard for most to notice. It’s located on the roof of the Edina Public Works Building and it will send power to more than 68 homes in the community.
It follows a push to find more renewable energy options in the city, but no taxpayer money is being spent.

At 664 kilowatts, the array is smaller than most other community solar gardens, which are normally ground-based and produce 1-2 megawatts of electricity, but those larger solar gardens mostly serve businesses and municipalities. This garden is only of the only ones in the state that is fully subscribed by local residents. 

The City of Edina Solar Garden will offset 18,480 tons of carbon dioxide. That is equivalent to planting 730 acres of new forest. 

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Goodhue Solar Garden – 1.42 MW

Project Name: Goodhue Area Solar Garden
Project Size: 1.42 MW
Panels: 4,176
Location: Goodhue, MN
Commissioned: 2018

This 1.42 Megawatt community solar garden in Goodhue County will produce enough energy to power over 100 average Minnesota homes. The project, and others like it, will operate for at least 25-years, bringing economic value to the communities in which they serve. Over the course of those 25 years, subscribers to this community solar garden should see total savings in excess of $1,500,000.

Community solar gardens offer a wide array of benefits that include bringing renewable energy to businesses, residents and municipalities that have interest but don’t have the resources to implement on-site solar.

We seed every one of our community solar gardens with a pollinator-friendly seed mix that provides a habitat for bees, butterflies, and other native species. 

 

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Northfield Solar Garden – 6.63 MW

Project Name: Northfield Area Solar Garden
Project Size: 6.63 MW
Panels: 19,800
Location: Northfield, MN
Commissioned: 2018

This 6.63 Megawatt community solar garden in Rice County will produce enough energy to power over 1,000 average Minnesota homes. The project, and others like it, will operate for at least 25-years, bringing economic value to the communities in which they serve. Over the course of those 25 years, subscribers to this community solar garden should see total savings in excess of $7,000,000.

Community solar gardens offer a wide array of benefits that include bringing renewable energy to businesses, residents and municipalities that have interest but don’t have the resources to implement on-site solar.

We seed every one of our community solar gardens with a pollinator-friendly seed mix that provides a habitat for bees, butterflies, and other native species. 

 

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Shiloh Temple – 204 kW

Project Name: Shiloh Temple
Project Size: 204 kW
Panels: 630
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Commissioned: 2018

The Community Solar Garden locted on the rooftop at Shiloh Temple International Ministries is one of the first solar gardens in Minneapolis, but that isn’t what stands out to Shiloh Temple’s pastor, Bishop Richard Howell. What stands out to Bishop Howell is the impact it will have on the surrounding North Minneapolis community.

“This is a triumphant moment for our community.” says Howell “And I’m proud to be a part of the process of restoring economic justice to our community.”

Every aspect of the garden is community focused. IPS Solar’s install crew consisted of local community members hired through a jobs training program and unlike most gardens, congregation members, neighborhood residents, and local businesses will be invited to subscribe first. “To me and my family it means an awesome opportunity.” said Noy Koumalasy, a north Minneapolis resident “Once we subscribe to the array it will definitely mean less bills for me.” 

Many other solar gardens being developed only allow large corporations or local governments to subscribe. This garden will demonstrate a new model for community solar gardens by locating clean energy in a low-income community of color, creating green jobs for local residents, and making sure that low-income families have access to community solar.  

Download The Shiloh Temple Case Study 

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Eichten’s Hidden Acres Solar Garden – 5 MW

Project Name: Eichten’s Hidden Acres
Project Size: 5 MW
Panels: 15,552
Location: Center City, MN
Commissioned: 2016

A Solar Garden for the Community
Eichten’s Hidden Acres, a family owned cheese and buffalo ranch, is home to more that 15,000 solar panels, powering its farm and community. A smooth development process made this an easy decision for an organization committed to energy efficiency and healthy farming. Eichten’s leases the land to IPS Solar, who partners with local subscribers made up of businesses and the nearby school district.

Spread over 21 acres, Eichten’s solar garden will produce 6,400,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year. That’s enough to power 1,300 energy efficient homes. 

“This was the first one we did in the area so they had a lot of questions to answer and we always got the answers we needed,” said Ed Eichten, co-owner of Eichten’s Hidden Acres. “We are going to produce a lot of electricity here.”

Download Eitchen’s Case Study 

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Young America Community Solar Garden – 6 MW

Project Name: Young America Community Solar Garden
Project Size: 6.12 MW
Panels: 15,520
Location: Young America, MN
Commissioned: 2016
Partners: New Energy Equity

In the maroon and gold dotted landscape of Carver County you’ll find an emergence of solar panels, a lot of solar panels. This community solar garden will produce enough energy to power 1,000 average Minnesotan homes. 

The project, and others like it, will operate for at least 25-years, bringing economic value to the communities in which they serve. Their are several marquee subscribers including the City of Minnetonka and the City of Maple Grove. Over the course of 25 years, subscribers to this community solar garden should see total savings in excess of $7,000,000.

The project was co-developed by New Energy Equity and will be owned long-term by east-coast utility Washington Gas Energy Systems. 

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Red Wing Community Solar Garden – 6 MW

Project Name: Red Wing Community Garden
Project Size: 6.12 MW
Panels: 15,520
Location: Red Wing, MN
Commissioned: 2016

One of the Country’s Largest Community Solar Projects Goes Live in Red Wing
In the rolling landscapes of Goodhue County, you’ll find an emergence of solar panels, a lot of solar panels. The county is set to install over one hundred thousand solar panels over the next few years, mostly due to Xcel Energy’s new Community Solar Garden program. The first of these projects launched in December 2016 on a property adjacent to Red Wing High School.

Community Solar is a program that allows organizations and individuals to “subscribe” to a local solar electric project, located somewhere in their community, not on their roof. “Rates for community solar are often slightly less than current grid rates, and they offer a predictable forecast of costs into the future,” said Eric Pasi, Business Development Director at IPS Solar.

The project will produce enough equivalent energy to power roughly 1,000 average Minnesotan homes. Red Wing School District will enjoy more than $1,000,000 in land lease revenue, coupled with significant energy savings. There are several other marquee subscribers including the City of Red Wing and Trinity School in Dakota County.

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St. Cloud Area Solar Garden – 6 MW

Project Name: St. Cloud Area Solar Garden
Project Size: 6.51 MW DC
Panels: 19,440
Location: St. Joseph, MN
Commissioned: 2017
Partners: New Energy Equity /  WGL

If you’ve driven along I-94 just north of St. Joseph you may have see an emergence of solar panels. A new 19,440-panel project is now producing electricity, spread across 60 acres along side of Interstate 94. The project will produce enough equivalent energy to power roughly 1,040 average Minnesotan homes.  

Primary subscribers include the St. Cloud, Annandale, and Paynesville School Districts, along with local manufacturer Louis Industries. Louis Industries previously installed 500 kilowatts of panels on their roof in 2015 and decided to expand with Community Solar.  “Over the course of 25 years, subscribers to this solar garden should see total savings in excess of $8,000,000,” said Pasi. “We’re making a real difference both economically and environmentally.” 

Solar energy has benefits that extend beyond clean, cost-efficient energy. IPS Solar has been doing a lot of work with school districts and helping educators incorporate STEM learning into their curriculum. These systems create data based on power performance, solar irradiance and the weather. Students can chart that data, conduct experiments and learn about the technology.

Learn More About Solar4Schools Program

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St. Joseph Solar Garden – 3 MW

Project Name: St. Joseph Solar Garden
Project Size: 3.02 MW DC
Panels: 8,748
Location: St. Joseph, MN
Commissioned: 2017
Partners: New Energy Equity /  WGL

If you’ve driven along I-94 just north of St. Joseph you may have see an emergence of solar panels. A new 8,748-panel project is now producing electricity, spread across 60 acres along side of Interstate 94. The project will produce enough equivalent energy to power roughly 480 average Minnesotan homes.  

Primary subscribers include the St. Cloud, Annandale, and Paynesville School Districts, along with local manufacturer Louis Industries. Louis Industries previously installed 500 kilowatts of panels on their roof in 2015 and decided to expand with Community Solar.  “Over the course of 25 years, subscribers to this solar garden should see total savings in excess of $8,000,000,” said Pasi. “We’re making a real difference both economically and environmentally.” 

Solar energy has benefits that extend beyond clean, cost-efficient energy. IPS Solar has been doing a lot of work with school districts and helping educators incorporate STEM learning into their curriculum. These systems create data based on power performance, solar irradiance and the weather. Students can chart that data, conduct experiments and learn about the technology.

Learn More About Solar4Schools Program

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Wanamingo Solar Garden – 1.42 MW

Project Name: Wanamingo Area Solar Garden
Project Size: 1.42 MW
Panels: 4,104
Location: Wanamingo, MN
Commissioned: 2018

This 1.42 Megawatt community solar garden in Goodhue County will produce enough energy to power over 100 average Minnesota homes each year. Generating this much clean energy is equivalent to planting over 19,000 new trees. The project, and others like it, will operate for at least 25-years, bringing economic value to the communities in which they serve. Over the course of those 25 years, subscribers to this community solar garden should see total savings in excess of $1,500,000.

Community solar gardens offer a wide array of benefits that include bringing renewable energy to businesses, residents and municipalities that have interest but don’t have the resources to implement on-site solar.

We seed every one of our community solar gardens with a pollinator-friendly seed mix that provides a habitat for bees, butterflies, and other native species. 

 

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