Board considers school-top solar array

At their most recent meeting, Monday, April 10, members of the Maple Lake School Board heard a proposal to place an array of solar panels on the rooftops of Maple Lake schools.
Braden Solum, representing commercial solar energy developer iDEAL Energies, said the Minneapolis-based company has designed, installed, financed and currently operates more than 150 commercial systems. Its mission is to help its clients obtain the full value of Minnesota’s solar incentives, which are some of the best in the United States, Solum said.
He began by describing a lottery-based solar energy incentive program known as Made in Minnesota, in which organizations apply for solar energy project funding through the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. About 25 percent of all applications are approved each year, and this year the Maple Lake School District was among the top quarter. Solum also recommended utilizing Xcel Energy’s Solar Rewards Program, which he described as “another production-based incentive.”

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