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Edison Solar Project

Edison Solar Project

Edison Solar Project

Minneapolis Public Schools 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 Updates:

November 21, 2018: Panels on gym are complete; waiting on final connection to the utility company.  Canopy frame is scheduled for delivery in late November.

October 15, 2018:  Work has progressed substantially - solar panels are completely installed on the gym, ready for final connection to the utility company.  The solar panel canopy steel frame will be delivered by the end of 2018.  It will then be painted, panels installed and cleaned prior to use.

Project Schedule (subject to change):

Finalize Agreement, Procurement, Permits     December 2017

Construction (Roof Preparation)                      December 2017

Construction (Solar Installation)                       Summer 2018

Completion of canopy solar                              April 2019

Completion of EV charging stations                December 2018

System testing                                                     August 2018

Rooftop commercial operation                        December 2018         

Canopy commercial operation                          April 2019                                                 

Submission of final grant report                       May 2019 

On-site demonstration and tour                       Summer 2019

Final grant payment                                            Spring 2019           

Fully Operational                                                  April 2019