The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is proud to operate eight photovoltaic solar power installations.

In 2017, MPRB produced a video about five solar installations that received substantial project funding from Xcel Energy customers through a grant from the Renewable Development Fund:



Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund Projects

The following projects received substantial funding from Xcel Energy customers through a Renewable Development Fund grant. MPRB partnered by providing taxpayer funding from the MPRB Sustainability Fund and General Operating Fund.


parade solar

Parade Ice Garden

  • Installation Type: Roof mount
  • Size: 374 panels, 153 kW
  • Estimated annual production: 184,000 kWh
  • Project operational: 2015
nokomis solar

Lake Nokomis Main Beach

  • Installation type: Shade structure
  • Size: 18 panels, 7.4 kW
  • Estimated annual kWh production: 10,348 kWh
  • Project operational: 2017
webber solar

Webber Natural Swimming Pool

  • Installation type: Roof mount
  • Size: 16 panels, 4.6 kW
  • Estimated annual kWh production: 6,433 kWh
  • Project operational: 2016
east phillips solar

East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center

  • Installation type: Wall mount
  • Size: 21 solar panels, 6.5 kW
  • Estimated annual kWh production: 9,089 kWh
  • Project operational: 2016
rev. dr. martin luther king jr. solar installation

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center

  • Installation type: Roof mount
  • Size: 20 panels, 6.2 kW
  • Estimated annual kWh production: 8,670 kWh
  • Project operational: 2016

More Solar Power in Minneapolis Parks


matthews solar

Matthews Recreation Center

  • Installation type: Roof mount
  • Size: 20 panels, 1 kW
  • Project operational:  2003
  • Partnership: Neighborhood Revitalization Program funding allocated by Seward Neighborhood Group
northeast solar

Northeast Recreation Center

  • Installation type: Roof mount
  • Size: 18 panels, 5 kW
  • Estimated annual production: 6,796 kWh
  • Project operational: 2018
carl w. kroening solar

Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center

  • Installation type: Roof mount
  • Size: 34 panels, 8 kW
  • Estimated annual production: 9,000 kWh
  • Project operational: 2011
  • Partnership: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Solar Legacy Grant
  • Real-time energy production information