St. Paul zoo - Smart Energy Decisions

Solar  -  June 23, 2020

St. Paul zoo to host community solar project

The Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn., is in line to receive a solar project that will be part of three community solar gardens that total just over 4 MW and will reduce the zoo’s operational electricity costs.

The City of St. Paul is pursuing this project in a partnership with C2 Energy Capital, who will own the solar installation. The City of St. Paul is a subscriber to the solar power system that will be installed at the zoo.

"Conservation goes to the core of what Como is all about," Michelle Furrer, Director of Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, said in a statement. "We are a nationwide leader in animal and plant conservation, and by reducing the City's overall greenhouse gas emissions we are taking another step in environmental stewardship."

The community solar project will include a contribution to Minnesota’s Solar Energy Standard and will require Xcel Energy to obtain 25% of its retail sales from renewable sources by 2025.

"Through programs such as Race to Reduce and the American Cities Climate Challenge from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the City of St. Paul has taken decisive action to support a healthy environment," Amy Brendmoen, President of the St. Paul City Council, added. "C2 Energy Capital set a standard of excellence we have come to expect for its exceptional collaboration and detailed execution to achieve completion of these quality solar power generation plants."

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