All Energy installs 400 kW of rooftop solar for University of Minnesota student housing co-ops

The solar installation at the Riverton Community Housing Brook Avenue site was completed just in time for University of Minnesota students to return to campus.

Four recently completed solar panels at Riverton Community Housing cooperative sites help the organization continue its mission to provide accessible, affordable student housing. All Energy Solar designed and installed the systems to provide clean energy on site just as school starts and students fill college residences again.

The properties are owned by Riverton, but are independently operated by cooperatives, each with unique self-governing bodies, who value green and sustainable initiatives. Ultimately, financing partners Blue Flame Energy Finance and DSD Renewables presented a way to deploy solar energy without upfront investment.

“Riverton Community Housing had a clear vision from the start to make this project a success, they just needed the right partners,” said Michael Thalhimer, director of business development at All Energy Solar. “We were proud to support this collaborative effort to bring clean energy to these established student and community housing locations around Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota campus.”

Energy savings totaling 400 kW from rooftop solar panels will help cooperatives offset the energy on their communal space meters. Solar panels were installed at the 4th Street Housing Co-Op (70 kW), the two buildings that make up the Franklin Housing Co-Op (85 kW and 115 kW) and Brook Avenue Housing Co-Op (130 kW).

“Riverton’s housing cooperatives have always cared about the communities they live in and the environment around them. Our cooperative members and employees are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Mary Novak, Executive Director of Riverton Community Housing. “Adding solar energy to our buildings was not only the right choice, but was also a fairly easy process with our project partners. We hope other multi-family owners will learn about the process and do the same.”

News item from All Energy Solar

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