Director, Design & Project Management
Board Action 2014-303: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Accepts Xcel Energy's Renewable Development Fund Grant Award
Current Phase: Construction
At its Nov. 1, 2017 meeting, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) of Commissioners received an update on an ambitious project that brought solar power to five park sites across Minneapolis over the last two years.
Construction begins soon on a new solar power installation at Nokomis Beach. The 18-panel installation will be mounted atop a large shade structure next to Sandcastle restaurant.
This fall solar power projects are expected to be installed at three Minneapolis parks: Webber Park, East Phillips Park and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Another is planned next year at Lake Nokomis Park.
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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.