City of La Crescent partners with Ideal Energy to add 100 kWh of Solar PV
Friday, October 4th, 2019
Contact: Jason Ludwigson, 507-313-9633
La Crescent, Minn. — The City of La Crescent recently completed two ground mounted solar PV projects in partnership with Ideal Energy. The solar PV arrays are located in Vetsch Park and adjacent to the La Crescent Animal Shelter. The combined solar PV projects add an additional 100 kWh of Solar PV capacity to the Xcel energy grid. These solar PV systems will help lower energy costs for the City of La Crescent and reduce CO2 emissions. Combined the systems will generate over 4.4 million kWh of electricity over the expected lifespan.
La Crescent Mayor Mike Poellinger states that this project, combined with other solar initiatives, and utility upgrades at City of La Crescent facilities have resulted in reduced energy costs. These are just two of the ways that the City of La Crescent is demonstrating its commitment to a sustainable future.
“This project is a win, win for the City of La Crescent,” said Sustainability Coordinator Jason Ludwigson. “Not only does it raise awareness of carbon free energy sources, it saves the City of La Crescent money. The installation of these Solar PV systems continues the tradition of environmental stewardship that is at the heart of what makes the City of La Crescent such a great place.”
These installations further the work that the City of La Crescent is doing as a Minnesota GreenStep City. Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a voluntary challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals. This free continuous improvement program, managed by a public-private partnership, is based upon a menu of 29 optional best practices. Each best practice can be implemented, as decided by city elected officials, staff and community members, by completing one or more actions at a 1, 2 or 3-star level, from a list of four to eight actions. These voluntary actions are tailored to all Minnesota cities, focus on cost savings and energy use reduction, and encourage civic innovation.
A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for October 28th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.