WHY IS THIS PROJECT SO IMPORTANT?
  • The largest solar thermal project in the Upper Midwest
  • Reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 900,000 lbs annually.
  • Equivalent to eliminating the emissions of 90 vehicles per year.
  • The first solar project in the nation to be integrated with a district energy system.
  • Peak energy production of 1 Megawatt.
  • Produces an estimated 1,200,000 kWh.
  • An average Minnesota home consumes 24,000 kWh per year.


HOW DOES THE SYSTEM WORK?

  • 144 commercial-grade solar collectors capture energy in the form of hot water.
  • The solar collectors produce hot water for space heating and domestic hot water.
  • Solar energy not used by the building is directed out into the district heating network.
  • Covers 21,000 Square feet of the roof with solar thermal panels.
  • Constructed with 220,000 lbs of American manufactured steel and 1600 linear feet
    of American manufactured pipe.
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