Project Manager

Cliff Swenson
Director, Design & Project Management

Project Representative

Julia Roessler
Phone: 612-230-6463

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Key Documents

Concepts for Demonstration Projects [PDF]

Board Action 2014-303: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Accepts Xcel Energy’s Renewable Development Fund Grant Award


Current Phase: Construction
Construction: 2016-2017

Project Milestones


  • Anticipated completion of installation at Nokomis


  • Completion of installations at Webber, East Phillips, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

June-August, 2016

  • Construction Documents
  • Anticipated completion of design, contracting, and permitting

June, 2016

  • Board update at the June 15, 2016 Board Meeting
  • Community updates to Webber Park, East Phillips Park, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Stakeholder Groups

May-June, 2016

  • Construction Documents Developed, Contracting Initiated

April-May, 2015

  • Design Development:  Development of Designs and Budgeting

July-October, 2015

  • Presented proposed plans for solar installations at Open House #1, and Open House #3

December, 2015

  • Parade Ice Garden installation of 150kW solar array completed

February-November, 2015

  • Schematic development phase; Feasibility Analysis and Concept Development

Project History

January 7, 2015

  • Board approves funding allocation for installation of a roof mounted photovoltaic array at Parade Ice Garden
  • Board approves Sustology contract to implement the RDF grant

October 1, 2014

  • MPRB Accepts Xcel Energy’s Renewable Development Fund Grant award in the amount of $969,741.00 for solar installations at park locations previously approved by the Board of Commissioners

July, 2014

  • Xcel Energy recommended, and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved, full funding of MPRB’s grant request

December 4th, 2013

Fall 2013

April 3, 2013

  • Resolution passed authorizing $1 million solar grant submission to Xcel at meeting of the Board of Commissioners

February 13, 2013

  • Study item presented to Board of Commissioners: Overview of Xcel Renewable Development Fund (RDF) and anticipated MPRB application to the fund at the Innovation & Development Committee

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On December 13, 2010 the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board approved the 2011 Annual Budget. The budget provided for the establishment of a Sustainability Fund with 25% of the FY2010 excess fund balance, which was $395,162.00. Commissioners approved the establishment of the fund and guidelines for expenditures from the fund on June 20, 2012.

In spring 2013, the MPRB submitted a Renewable Development Fund (RDF) grant application in the amount of $969,741.00 with an MPRB match from the Sustainably Fund to Xcel Energy’s Grant for at least 200 kilowatts (kW) of solar panel installations on MPRB property.

Through a competitive selection process, the MPRB was one of only 20 projects out of 67 applications to receive funding. This is a very significant grant and will propel MPRB’s sustainability initiative. Annually, the combined projects will produce roughly 280,000 kilowatt hours, offset 400,000 pounds of carbon, and at today’s rates, reduce MPRB electricity bills by roughly $28,000.00. This project will also include interpretive and educational programming opportunities about sustainable solar energy for both children and adults in Minneapolis parks.


  • MPRB Staff Time in-kind indirect match: $50,000
  • MPRB Sustainability Fund: $100,000
  • Xcel Energy RDF Grant (RDF): $969,741