Monday, April 20, 2009

Midwest Monday: Minneapolis Could Get Region's Largest Urban Solar Project

Minneapolis' convention center is in need of a new roof, but the City Council hopefully won't settle for just any roof: The new one may include a four-acre, 600-kilowatt solar array to help offset the building's energy costs.

If the project is approved by the Minneapolis City Council in May, it would be the largest urban solar array in the Upper Midwest and provide more than 50 times the total kilowatt generation capacity of Minneapolis' existing three solar projects.
Any extra power generated could be sold back to Xcel Energy for other needs in the city.

Helping the project along are the solar incentives included in the bailout bill earlier this year, including a 30 percent tax credit on the purchase of solar energy equipment. Xcel is also providing a $2 million energy grant.

via Finance and Commerce

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