Minneapolis Sustainability

350 S. 5th Street, Room 315M
Minneapolis, MN 55415
sustainability@minneapolismn.gov

Currie Equipment Facility

1220 Currie Ave. N.

190 photovoltaic cells

40 kilowatts (kW)

Cost: $40,000 ($8,400 back in state rebates)
Annual Savings: $6,000

Completed: June 2006
Upgraded: March 2012

This site has served as a City shop since it was purchased in the mid 1920s. The original horse barns have been replaced with a parking lot and the shop built by the Depression-era Works Progress Administration has been replaced with a modern 65,000 square foot facility. Today over 1,100 of the City’s vehicles and equipment are maintained at the Currie Equipment Facility. Additionally the facility contains a truck washing facility, fuel station and a conference center for use by City departments for training, conferences and seminars.

Solar panels on top of the Currie Maintenance Facility convert the Sun’s rays into 40 kW of electricity.

This system of solar panels rests atop the roof of the Currie Equipment Facility. It consists of a seasonably adjustable, static solar array made up of 190 photovoltaic cells that are designed to generate approximately 40 kW of electrical power (up from 4.95 kW, the amount installed in June 2006).  The system faces due south, with an unobstructed view of the southerly sky, and has the ability to be adjusted for seasonal changes in the sun. The first part of this system was furnished and installed for a cost of $35,000. The entire 40 kW system cost $192,000, and will save the City almost $6,000 a year, in addition to avoiding the emission of 31 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually.

Last updated Feb. 24, 2012