Solar Panels on Downtown Duluth Building Could Save You Tax Dollars

Updated: 02/19/2014 6:01 PM
Created: 02/19/2014 5:49 PM

A research project involving a downtown Duluth building could eventually save you tax dollars.

Renovations to make the St. Louis County Government Services Center more energy efficient have led to the installation of three different kinds of solar panels on the roof, two of which are made in Minnesota. They're part of a research partnership between the county, Minnesota Power, and the University of Minnesota Duluth's Natural Resources Research Institute.

The county says $116,000 of the $170,000 equipment was paid for through conservation research dollars, design assistance and rebates. The goal is to reduce long term utility costs.

In a news conference on the roof of the seven-story building Wednesday morning, St. Louis County Property Management Director Tony Mancuso said "we're really excited about it. We want to see how they perform. We've got one more section of panels to put up and then we'll be done."

NRRI said the panels will be used in a three year study on the impacts of renewable energy systems on a community.

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