Solar Photovoltaic Installation at Residential Environmental Learning Centers

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Deep Portage, Eagle Bluff, Wolf Ridge, Long Lake , Audubon Center of the Northwoods, Laurentian ELC
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
July 2014
End Date
June 2016
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Over the past several years six environmental learning centers located around the state - Audubon Center of the North Woods, Deep Portage Learning Center, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Laurentian Environmental Learning Center, Long Lake Conservation Center and Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center – have been implementing demonstrations of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy on their campuses for use as educational tools for the thousands of students and visitors that come to the centers each year. The six environmental learning centers are using this appropriation to expand their energy demonstration offerings by installing 5-kilowatt solar photovoltaic systems at each of the centers.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2014, Chp. 226, Sec. 2, Subd. 08h
Appropriation Language

$150,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for agreements as follows: $25,000 with Audubon Center of the North Woods; $25,000 with Deep Portage Learning Center; $25,000 with Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center; $25,000 with Laurentian Environmental Learning Center; $25,000 with Long Lake Conservation Center; and $25,000 with Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center to install five kilowatt institutional solar arrays at each of the six residential environmental learning centers as a teaching tool. Prior to the installation, the proposed placement of the solar arrays must be submitted to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources office to ensure the demonstration of the maximum educational value.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
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Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Deep Portage Learning Center
Street Address
2197 Nature Center Drive NW
Zip Code
(218) 682-2325
Administered By
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500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155

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