|Project Name:||St. Cloud Area Solar Garden|
|Project Size:||6.51 MW DC|
|Location:||St. Joseph, MN|
|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 28,000-panel project is now producing electricity, spread across 60 acres on the West and East side of 94. The project will produce enough equivalent energy to power roughly 1,200 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.