Saving future tax dollars with alternative energy projects

To transition to a hybrid alternative-energy system, power to the facility was shut down at 4 p.m. on a Friday so final connections to the ground-mount solar array could be made. Then the local utility, Xcel Energy, switched out meters. A final electrical inspection was made and then start-up testing conducted.

Red Wing’s first solar-energy project was at the fire station, a 17kW system that’s generating roughly $250 worth of electricity every month. The Minnesota city celebrated 2013 Earth Week with an open house at the building.

To transition to a hybrid alternative-energy system, power to the facility was shut down at 4 p.m. on a Friday so final connections to the ground-mount solar array could be made. Then the local utility, Xcel Energy, switched out meters. A final electrical inspection was made and then start-up testing conducted.

In June, a 40kW solar-electric system went live at the city’s Integrated Solid Waste Management Campus.

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