MnDOT is exploring how solar energy development on our right-of-way can help meet MnDOT energy needs, reduce long-term operational costs, and reduce GHG emissions. Executive Order 19-27 (PDF) directs state agencies to reduce GHG emissions 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2025 and facility energy use 30 percent from 2017 levels by 2027. On-site renewable energy can help achieve these goals and save the agency money on electricity costs.
Learn more in this overview of solar efforts at MnDOT.
In October 2018, MnDOT and Cooperative Energy Futures launched a new community solar garden project over the top level of the MnDOT-owned parking Ramp A in downtown Minneapolis. The garden will provide a cover over half of the Ramp A parking deck. No parking spaces will be lost. Construction began in spring 2019 and be completed by fall 2019.
Eighty percent of the subscriptions will be sold to residential households, with a focus on low- to moderate-income communities, including people living in affordable housing. MnDOT will be a backup subscriber and receive bill credits for at least 20 percent of the energy produced.
Community Solar Garden Subscriptions
MnDOT issued an RFP in spring 2019 to purchase community solar garden subscriptions to offset energy use for facilities within and adjacent to counties in Xcel territory. MnDOT was only looking for subscriptions through the value-of-solar program that guarantees costs savings for the subscriber. MnDOT is in negotiations with two solar developers regarding subscription agreements.