In the face of climate change and harmful pollution levels created by our current energy consumption, it is critical to use more renewable energy, including solar, wind, biomass and hydropower. Renewable energy contributes to energy security, stable energy pricing, climate change solutions, and green jobs.
- In municipal operations, increase renewable electricity to one megawatt by 2014.
- Citywide, permit 70 renewable energy projects annually by 2015.
Recent City & Community Activities
- The City of Minneapolis has 819 kilowatts (kW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells on seven of its buildings, including the Minneapolis Convention Center with about 2,400 solar panels (601 kW).
- In 2012, thanks to Federal stimulus funding, the City of Minneapolis installed solar PV on three facilities: the Jerry Haaf Memorial Parking Ramp, Royalston Maintenance Facility, and Currie Maintenance Facility.
- Each October, the annual self-guided, free Minnesota Annual Solar Tour showcases Minneapolis homes, businesses, and institutions that use solar energy.
- Minneapolis supported continuing Xcel Energy's Solar Rewards programs. In 2012, Solar Rewards and Minnesota Bonus (for Minnesota-made solar panels) provided incentives for 63 solar installations in the city, totaling about 484 kW of solar power (compared to 216 kW in 2011).
- In 2011, more than 6,375 Minneapolis customers participated in Xcel Energy's Windsource program (Minnesota wind generated electricity), a slight decline from 2010. The LEED Platinum Hiawatha Maintenance facility purchases 35 percent of its electricity through Windsource.
- Minneapolis is a key partner in the State’s Solar Challenge program, which provides solar outreach and technical assistance to communities throughout Minnesota.
- Minneapolis has two hydroelectric dams that produce renewable energy: Hennepin Island and Lower Saint Anthony Falls (pdf). Lock and Dam #1 on the border of Minneapolis and Saint Paul also produces electricity.
Last updated Feb. 28, 2013