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 Edison Solar Project

“Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will install at least 485.53 kilowatts of direct-current (kWDC) solar capacity at multiple sites on the campus of Edison High School in the Holland Neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis. The majority of the solar project will consist of roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) arrays using equipment from Tier 1 solar equipment suppliers.  A solar panel canopy, as part of a “sustainability plaza”, also recently received other grant funding which is planned to be installed on an existing surface parking lot at Edison.  The solar PV equipment on the canopy will be integrated with a demonstration of a solar-powered electric vehicle charging station. 

These comprehensive solar equipment arrays will become a hands-on laboratory integrated with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula at Edison.  The solar energy projects will reinforce Edison’s leadership within the district and the state as a “green campus” model. 

The project’s total cost of $1,649,000 includes $917,250 in Renewable Development Fund (RDF) grant dollars and the costs for the project is being provided by a third-party financing partner working with Sundial Solar, a Minneapolis-based solar energy developer, based on current federal and state tax incentives for solar energy.  The third party will own the solar equipment and sell 100 percent of the energy produced by the solar panels to Edison, at a discount to our current utility rates. 

Overall, this investment in solar will result in energy production facilities that will operate for at least 25 years and produce about 574,000 kilowatt-hours of clean renewable energy each year that will offset the purchase of electrical power at Edison from conventional generation sources.”

Project Timeline:

Finalize Agreement, Procurement, Permits    December 2017

Construction (Roof Preparation)                     December 2017

Construction (Solar Installation)                     March-May 2018

Completion of rooftop and canopy solar         June 2018

Completion of EV charging stations               July 2018

System testing                                                  August 2018

Commercial operation                                     September 2018                                                                              

Submission of final grant report                      September 2018

On-site demonstration and tour                       October 2018

Final grant payment                                         November 2018