Department of Natural Resources – Photovoltaic Panels

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Renewable Energy for Xcel Sites

Project Type: Renewable Energy Improvements; Afton, William O’ Brien, Fort Snelling, Lake Shetek, and Lac qui Parle, MN

Client: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MnDNR)

The MnDNR hired LHB for a three-year long project to develop an assessment process and an analytical tool for the DNR to assess existing and future sites for the installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems. The analytical tool also determines whether photovoltaic installations should be free standing, or building-mounted. LHB worked with Xcel/NSP, the electricity provider, to create interconnection agreements and coordinate installation. As of this date, LHB also provided design, construction documents, and construction administration for the solar array collection systems at six DNR sites which included state parks, and regional, and area offices. Working with the DNR and Xcel/NSP, LHB also participates in the DNR’s ongoing remote monitoring and data collection. Additional site evaluation and design services are ongoing until a total of 100 kW solar photovoltaic installtions are completed.

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