- Apr 29, 2019 10:58 pm GMT
Solar power will fuel all Minnetonka city's facilities and infrastructure year-end— city buildings, sewer and water systems and street lights, according to a local news report. Quite an accomplishment. And in sunny Minnesota no less!
At present the city is halfway towards its goal. Earlier this year, the city council approved subscriptions to more solar energy gardens being built under the umbrella of utility Xcel Energy's community solar gardens program.
All told, Minnetonka consumes some 15 million kWh of electrical energy per year, equivalent to that required to power 500 homes.
The city recieves a discount on its energy bill for using solar energy. It expects to cut its electricity bills in half, by $500,000 a year, by achieving its 100% solar energy goal. That adds up to $12.5 million over the contract's 25-year term, according to the news report.
There are no start-up, installation or maintenance costs associated with participation in Xcel's community solar gardens program. The only cost to the city is $18,000 per year for the advice of energy consultants.
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