City Hall Solar Panels
iDeal Energies started construction on the Solar PV System on January 14, 2019 for City Hall and the Fire Station. The first phase (DC components) of the project was completed in late January and included setting up the racking and the solar panels. The second phase (AC Components) consisted of connecting the solar panels to the City’s electrical meter, which was completed in early March. The connections were inspected by the Department of Labor and Industry, and two new sets of meters were installed by Xcel Energy in late March. One meter measures the production of the PV system, and the other is a bi-directional meter which was installed inside the building. This bi-directional meter can measure the electricity coming in from the grid, and can also measure any electricity produced by the PV system that isn’t used by the building and goes back onto the Xcel grid. As of early April, both the City Hall and Fire Station PV systems are fully operational and producing energy.
The Maintenance Facility Solar PV System has been permitted by Xcel Energy, and iDeal Energies is now scheduling the delivery of the materials. A construction timeline hasn’t been established at this point. Staff anticipates the large 125kW system will be operational late-summer.
City Hall Solar Production
Fire Station Solar Production
Solar Drone Footage
City of Roseville staff and Public Works Environment & Transportation Commission (PWETC) is currently studying the utilization of solar energy to help reduce demand on non-renewable energy sources. City staff has met with different solar representatives from installers, financers, non-profit organizations, and the state to look at different options that are available. Each option presents different paybacks periods, upfront costs, long-term maintenance, grant funding, etc. These options will help determine the best course of action to help reduce city energy costs over the next 20 years.
The city is also studying the Community Solar Programs. Through these programs, an entity can install larger solar arrays on rooftops, or ground mount systems. Roseville residents, businesses, faith organizations, etc., could purchase a share of the solar garden to help offset their demand on the non-renewable energy.
Solar Energy Rebates
The Minnesota Department of Commerce has announced a new program of rebates for installing solar energy systems in single-family and multi-family residences. For information on this program and all kinds of energy topics, visit the department website at MN Department of Commerce.
Clean Energy Resource Teams
The Clean Energy Resource Team program connects citizens with resources to help them with clean energy projects in their own communities. For more information, please visit their website at MN CERTs.
To learn more about solar energy, view the MN Department of Energy training videos:
I. Solar 101 for Local Government
II. Local Solar Ordinances
III. Understanding the Solar Regulatory Landscape
IV. Introduction to Solar Project Finance
V. Local Solar Policies and Programs
VI. Installing Solar on Municipal Facilities