Minneapolis business completes largest solar installation in Minneapolis-Saint Paul

The largest solar installation in Minneapolis-Saint Paul is in place at Mulroy’s Auto Body Shop in south Minneapolis. The 177-panel, 40 kilowatt solar installation was installed by Solarflow Energy, a Minneapolis company, and made possible in part by U.S. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds aimed at supporting clean energy for a safer future. Minneapolis is committed to helping promote the use of solar combined with energy efficiency. The City has trained its inspectors on solar, worked to pass Minnesota legislative solar policy and is making solar a more viable option throughout its ordinances and procedures.

Minneapolis is a Solar America City with the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar America Cities partnership. Twenty-six major U.S. cities are working to accelerate the adoption of solar energy technologies for a cleaner, more secure energy future. The Minneapolis Saint Paul Solar in the Cities Initiative has an aggressive goal of increasing solar capacity 500 percent in the Twin Cities in two years.

Solar is one part of the Minneapolis sustainability agenda. The City of Minneapolis has three buildings with solar already, adding about 2,600 solar panels on the Minneapolis Convention Center later this summer, using a local business and local labor. It will be the largest solar array in the upper Midwest. The City has adopted LEED building standards and is building its new Public Works maintenance facility to LEED Gold standards. Other sustainability initiatives make Minneapolis a healthy, clean city with a great quality of life, including biking, walking, growing and eating healthier food, cleaning up our lakes and streams and planting more trees.

Visit the sustainability section on the City's website for more information on these initiatives.

Published Apr. 8, 2010