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Kaposia Education Center – 329 kW

Project Name:   Kaposia Education Center
Project Size:   329.6 kW
Panels:   880
Location:   South St. Paul, MN
Commissioned:   2020
     

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Impact Power Solutions installed this 329.6 kW solar array in South St. Paul, MN to offset the electricity load of Kaposia Education Center. The panels will produce roughly 388,928 kWh per year, enough to power 32 average Minnesota homes. Over 30 years the solar panel system will offset nearly 9,124 tons of CO2, the equivalent of adding over 10,746 acres of trees to our forests

Kaposia Education Center serves students from preschool through 5th grade, working hard to give their students the best in elementary education. As a PYP IB World School, their staff is involved in an intense reform effort that builds toward continual improvement of the school.  

Their students are taught to be inquirers, to develop skills in learning how to learn, and to explore relevant topics of interest to them. Learning in this way is highly motivating, keeping their students engaged in school, and encouraging them to do their very best.

 

The International School of Minnesota – 225 kW

Project Name:   The International School of Minnesota
Project Size:   225 kW
Panels:   612
Location:   Eden Prairie, MN
Commissioned:   2020
     

 

Impact Power Solutions installed this 225 kW solar array in Eden Prairie, Minnesota to offset the electricity load of the International School of Minnesota. The panels will produce roughly 265,500 kWh per year, enough to power 22 average Minnesota homes. Over 30 years the solar panel system will offset nearly 6,229 tons of CO2, the equivalent of adding over 7,336 acres of trees to our forests.

The mission of The International School of Minnesota is to be recognized as a provider of top-quality education to a highly diverse student body. The school prepares all students for success in college, equips them with the ability and desire for lifelong learning, and strengthens their civic, ethical, and moral values.  

 

School District 197 – 7.7 Million kWh

Project Name:   ISD 197
Rooftop Project Size:   200 kW
Rooftop Installs:   5
CSG Subscription Size:   7,500,000 kWh
Commissioned:    2018-2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Fortman, Director of Operations for Independant School District 197, has been implementing sustainable programs within the district since 2000. From recycling and composting to LED light bulbs, ISD 197 has always been looking for ways to save money, save energy and reduce waste. Solar energy was a logical place to turn.

ISD 197 furthered its renewable commitment by installing rooftop solar arrays on five buildings starting in 2018. The district is projected to save $750,000 on electricity over the next 25 years, but due to limited roof space the arrays only account for about 5% of their total usage. Mark wanted to find solution that would offset the rest of that usage without costing the district any money, and community solar checked both boxes.

“It was an easy sell for me to the school board because the economics are clear. The district is in a positive cash flow position from day one.” said Fortman.

 

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ISD 197 Schools With Solar

♦ Friendly Hills Middle School

♦ Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet*

♦ Garlough Environmental Magnet

♦ Heritage E-STEM Magnet

♦ Mendota Elementary

*Featured images 

 

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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Macalester College – 130 kW

Project Name:   Macalester College
Project Size:   130.4 kW
Panels:   378
Location:   St. Paul, MN
Commissioned:   2018
     

 

 

IPS Solar installed this 130.4 kW solar array in St. Paul, Minnesota to offset the electricity load of Macalester College.

The panels will produce roughly 155,000 kWh per year, enough to power 13 average Minnesota homes. Over 30 years the solar panel system will offset nearly 3,600 tons of CO2, the equivalent of adding over 3,800 acres of trees to our forests.

Macalester was founded in 1874 on a firm belief in the transformational power of the liberal arts education. Since then, their students and alumni have demonstrated that power as a force for positive change, in turn attracting a growing community of learners from around the world.

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Twin Oaks Middle School – 20 kW

Project Name:   Twin Oaks Middle School
Project Size:   20 kW
Panels:   57
Location:   Prior Lake, MN
Commissioned:   2017

Twin Oaks Middle School, part of the Prior Lake-Savage Area School District flipped the switch on its 20 kW solar project which is anticipated to save nearly $100K in electricity costs over the next 25 years. The system will not only save energy dollars but also provide science learning opportunities for students and help to meet the district’s sustainability goals.

IPS Solar installed the project and financial contributions were made by the Mdewakanton Sioux community. The school will have no upfront costs to install the projects and will pay lower electricity rates over the next 15-20 years. Construction began in September and was completed on time and on budget.

IPS Solar is also launched its Sunrise Program, focused on creating curriculums designed for science classes in elementary, middle, and high school. “We not only want to provide safe, clean and affordable energy for these schools, but the tools to connect the students to the science behind their own school’s system,” states Michael Cartwright, former physics teacher and education director at IPS Solar.

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Chisago Lakes School District – 200 kW

Project Name:   Chisago Lakes School District
Total Project Size:   200 kW
Number of Schools:   5
Location:   Chisago Lakes, MN
Commissioned:   2015-2016

 

Chisago Lakes School District recently flipped the switch on five rooftop solar projects in the district along with a Community Solar subscription. The solar panel systems will not only save energy dollars but also provide science learning opportunities for students and help to meet the district’s sustainability goals.

These arrays were installed AT NO COST to the district by IPS Solar’s Solar4Schools Program. Over the next 30 years, our systems will save hundreds-of-thousands in taxpayer dollars by lowering operational costs for school districts. Contact IPS to find out how solar can provide educational opportunities AND save money to your business or school district.

 

Chisago Lakes District Schools With Solar

Chisago Lakes High School   
Chisago Lakes Middle School*  
Chisago Lakes Primary School           
Taylors Falls Elementary School  
Lakeside Elementary School*  

*Featured images

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Mounds View School District – 520 kW

Project Name:   Mounds View School District
Total Project Size:   520 kW
Number of Schools:   13
Location:   Arden Hills, MN
Commissioned:   2016-2018

 

Mounds View School District recently flipped the switch on thirteen rooftop solar projects in the district which are anticipated to save the district roughly $900,000 in electricity costs over the next 25 years. The solar panel systems will not only save energy dollars but also provide science learning opportunities for students and help to meet the district’s sustainability goals.

These arrays were installed AT NO COST to the district by IPS Solar’s Solar4Schools Program. Over the next 30 years, our systems will save hundreds-of-thousands in taxpayer dollars by lowering operational costs for school districts. Contact IPS to find out how solar can provide educational opportunities AND save money to your business or school district.

“It’s a no-lose for the school district. We’re saving $1 million on energy costs, we’re offsetting carbon, we can use it educationally, and it’s good public relations.” – Michael Cartwright, Physics Teacher, Mounds View High School

 

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Mounds View District Schools With Solar

Irondale High School  Mounds View High School*
Highview Middle School Edgewood Middle School
Chippewa Middle School          Valentine Hills Elementary
Turtle Lake Elementary Pinewood Elementary
Bel Air Elementary Sunnyside Elementary 
Island Lake Elementary Pike Lake Kindergarten
Snail Lake Kindergarten  

*Featured images

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Rockford School District – 120 kW

Project Name:   Rockford School District
Total Project Size:   120 kW
Number of Schools:   3
Location:   Rockford, MN
Commissioned:   2015

 

Rockford School District recently flipped the switch on three rooftop solar projects.The solar panel systems will not only save energy dollars but also provide science learning opportunities for students and help to meet the district’s sustainability goals.

These arrays were installed AT NO COST to the district by IPS Solar’s Solar4Schools Program. Over the next 30 years, our systems will save hundreds-of-thousands in taxpayer dollars by lowering operational costs for school districts. Contact IPS to find out how solar can provide educational opportunities AND save money to your business or school district.

The three systems produce about 150,000 kWh of electricity on average per year. Producing 150,000 kWh of electricity annually from coal emits about 245,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. Preventing this much carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere is equivalent to adding 131 acres of trees to our forests. Over a 30-year span, IPS expects this system will offset 7,350,000 pounds or 3,675 tons of carbon dioxide.

Rockford District Schools With Solar

Rockford Elementary School*  
Rockford Middle School  
Rockford High School* *Featured Images

 

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Annandale School District – 120 kW

Project Name:   Annandale School District
Total Project Size:   120 kW
Number of Schools:   3
Location:   Annandale, MN
Commissioned:   2016

 

Annandale School District recently flipped the switch on three rooftop solar projects.The solar panel systems will not only save energy dollars but also provide science learning opportunities for students and help to meet the district’s sustainability goals.

These arrays were installed AT NO COST to the district by IPS Solar’s Solar4Schools Program. Over the next 30 years, our systems will save hundreds-of-thousands in taxpayer dollars by lowering operational costs for school districts. Contact IPS to find out how solar can provide educational opportunities AND save money to your business or school district.

The three systems produce about 150,000 kWh of electricity on average per year. Producing 150,000 kWh of electricity annually from coal emits about 245,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. Preventing this much carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere is equivalent to adding 131 acres of trees to our forests. Over a 30-year span, IPS expects this system will offset 7,350,000 pounds or 3,675 tons of carbon dioxide.

Annandale District Schools With Solar

Annandale Elementary School  
Annandale Middle School  
Annandale High School*  

*Featured Images

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