Solar Array Installed on the Twin Cities Campus
Sunday, August 9, 2020 - 15:48


Installation is now complete on the Twin Cities campus' ninth and final on-campus array of the solar project! This latest installation is located in the S104 lot in St. Paul, across from the State Fair transit hub, and will produce approximately 481,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. That's enough to power about 45 average Minnesota homes.

In addition to sustainably producing energy, the carport design will keep vehicles in the lot cool from the heat of the sun in the summer and clear of snow in the winter. In total, around 2.4 million kilowatts of electricity are now produced on the Twin Cities campus each year – a great addition to the University of Minnesota's renewable energy portfolio!

Thanks to the project team from several areas including Capital Project Management, Parking and Transportation Services, Planning Space and Real Estate, Energy Management, District Operations, Landcare, Sustainability, and more for working hard to make this project possible and advancing the renewable energy produced on the Twin Cities campus! See more

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The University of Minnesota Office of Sustainability and the Twin Cities Sustainability Committee invite you to the Climate Action Planning Town Hall, Wednesday, May 4th, 2022, 4-5:30pm at the CMU Theater. Hear from a panel of University sustainability staff, committee members, and experts, and submit questions for a Q&A. More info  Add to Google Calendar
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Do you know an undergraduate, graduate student, or student group on any University of Minnesota campus that has made significant contributions to creating a more sustainable future? The University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment and the Office of Sustainability invite nominations for the inaugural systemwide Student Impact Awards, honoring undergraduate and graduate student efforts to lead the way toward a future in which people and the environment prosper together. Nominations are due Wednesday, April 6th, 2022. Learn more

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A team of volunteers led by Aaron Hanson, a researcher from the Institute on the Environment, spread pollinator-friendly seeds from the Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund at West Bank’s solar array. A second crew installed soil moisture monitoring equipment beneath the solar panels. Data will be collected for years to come as part of the Living Lab program. Read more...