City of Mankato nearly 100% solar with garden subscriptions

This is an excerpt from a recent story by Mark Fischenich in the Mankato Free Press.

The city of Mankato will reduce its future electrical bills by $1.9 million through subscriptions to solar energy projects in the area, boosting the savings by more than 50 percent from its initial agreement last summer.

The subscriptions mean nearly all of the power going to the city’s 10 biggest municipal consumers — ranging from the street lighting system to the civic center to the sewage treatment plant — will be supplied by Xcel Energy at a discounted rate.

That figure could grow if more community solar gardens are developed in Blue Earth County or adjacent counties, said Public Works Director Jeff Johnson.

“Right now, we’re at 92 percent,” Johnson said. “We have about 8 percent more that we could offset.”

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