ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The installation of a large collection of solar panels atop the St. Paul RiverCentre is complete.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum will showcase the panels at a news conference Friday. Attendees will be able to tour the installation.

The 144 panels were funded through a Department of Energy grant and matching funds from District Energy St. Paul. They will generate 1 megawatt of energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 900,000 pounds per year.

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Comments (4)
  1. Larry D. Wendlandt says:

    Congrats on taking the lead, Minnesota. Please follow up on story, telling us about maintenance, cost efficiency and so on.

    1. James says:

      This is a $1 million dollar grand from DoE and $1 million dollars in matching funds from St. Paul. What exactly does 1 megawatt of energy mean? Is that 1MW over a year, or 1MW/hour? I think it’s 1 megawatt per year because these aren’t 6.9Kwh panels, or they’d be 40x the cost.

      In comparison, for $2 million, you could buy 50,000 Megawatts of power at $.04 per kwh. But hey, that’s being “green”.

      1. James says:

        Nevermind that it snows for 6 months a year in Minnesota. Pretty hard to generate power from the sun under 20″ of snow.

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