Announcing MCA's First Community Solar Garden!
Minneapolis Climate Action is excited to announce its first Community Solar Garden will be launched in 2021.
The Second Chance Community Solar Garden is a unique partnership between Minneapolis Climate Action, Emerge Enterprises, Renewable Energy Partners, and S3 Solar. The array was installed in Fall 2020 and is projected to go live in summer 2021. We are currently signing up subscribers who want to save money, save the planet, and support our community.
Read more about the project and sign up today!
Did you miss our Community Solar presentation with Mpls City Council Member Kevin Reich on 1/26? Access the recording and info here
MCA's Second Chance Community Solar Garden was developed with local minority business enterprises and Emerge Second Chance Recycling Facility, a nonprofit mattress recycling facility that provides job training for formerly incarcerated citizens. This has been a long journey to this day and we thank Emerge Second Chance Recycling Facility, Renewable Energy Partners, our certified minority enterprise solar developer; and S3 Solar Service Systems, a black owned solar company. Emerge will receive 18kw of free renewable energy with the option to buy pay as you go shares. Subscribers from our waiting list who have been patiently waiting for this project to become reality will be able to buy shares up front, and there will be a portion reserved for pay-as-you-go subscribers that can participate regardless of income, credit score, or whether they rent or own their own home. As long as you pay an electric bill, you can participate.
Minneapolis Climate Action is proud of the community and volunteer effort to bring equitable renewable energy to our community members and Emerge.
Emerge Second Chance Recycling
1179 15th Ave SE in Minneapolis
Second Chance Recycling provides employment for over 100 people overcoming barriers to re-entering the workforce. The organization turns mattress waste into new products and supports a cleaner planet by keeping mattresses out of landfills where they create flammable air pockets, absorb hazardous chemicals, and consume considerable landfill space.
Panels were installed in fall 2020 and the garden is expected to go live in early summer 2021. It will produce approximately 182.8 kilowatts of clean electricity that will power the Second Chance facility and approximately 100 homes in Minneapolis.
The solar garden was developed and installed by minority business enterprises Renewable Energy Partners, a solar developer based in North Minneapolis that trains and certifies local residents for jobs in the clean energy sector, and S3 Solar Service Solutions.
From Our YouTube Channel
What is Community Solar?
A community solar project is a solar power plant whose electricity is shared by more than one property.
The primary purpose of community solar is to allow members of a community the opportunity to share the benefits of solar power even if they can't or don't want to install solar panels on their property. Participants benefit from the electricity generated by the community solar farm, which costs less than the price they would ordinarily pay to their utility.
Community solar gardens are:
• A solution to climate change
• A way to save on your electric bill
• A way to participate in an equitable renewable energy revolution
You can participate regardless of income, credit score or whether you rent or own, and get a credit on your electric bill. And there are options to participate with no upfront money with our Pay As You Go option!
Minneapolis Climate Action is a member of the Just Solar Coalition. a coalition of nonprofits, faith organizations, and renewable energy organizations grounded in these values: "We support a transition to a green economy that not only includes everyone but also helps to close the employment gap, improves the natural world and creates a new story about the community's role in the energy system."