The last of the 2,613 solar panels at the Minneapolis Convention Center are installed, and the system is fully running, ahead of schedule.
The Minneapolis Convention Center’s solar array is connected directly to the convention center’s internal electrical system, producing 750,000 kWh of renewable electricity per year - the equivalent of powering 85 homes.
It will offset 539 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
"The completion of the largest solar electricity array in the upper Midwest is another milestone on the road to fulfilling the vision of Minneapolis as a fully sustainable city," said Mayor R.T. Rybak.
The 600 kW system is made up of 2,613 panels installed at an angle on the flat portions of the roof. It is not visible from the street level.
This solar array is just one of many examples of how city government has led by example and taken advantage of the benefits of being green.
To learn more about Minneapolis’ sustainability efforts, visit www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/sustainability.