St Louis County Govt. Center adds solar panels in efforts to be more energy efficient

By KBJR News 1

February 19, 2014 Updated Feb 19, 2014 at 7:26 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- St. Louis County is going green thanks to a partnership with Minnesota Power and the Natural Resources Research Institute.

Part of that effort has led to the installation of three different types of solar panels on the County Government Services building's roof.

The building is currently undergoing $21 million dollars in renovations and as part of the design process, the county looked at various energy conservation options to make the 33-year-old building more efficient.

The panels are part of a three year research project for N-R-R-I and Minnesota Power to serve as a roadmap for applying solar power in other residential and community settings.

"This building is being remodeled right now and it's going to reduce the energy of about 60 to 65 percent from a standard office building and we just put a new roof on so the timing was perfect ," said Tony Mancuso with St Louis County.

The solar panels cost around $170,000.

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