Energy used to power the park system’s facilities comes primarily from Xcel Energy. MPRB has partnered with Xcel to ensure that 100% of the energy we purchase from them comes from wind and solar sources starting in 2020. This effort ensures that MPRB is not contributing to global warming emissions through its electric utility consumptions. MPRB has 100% certified renewable electrical energy.

In addition, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) operates eight photovoltaic solar power installations on various park facilities.

This 2017 video features five of those installations, which received substantial project funding from Xcel Energy customers through a grant from Xcel’s 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 Ice Garden

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

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 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 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. Recreation Center

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