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The Southeast Como Solar Pilot Project was launched in 2005 with the intention of making solar panels more affordable and accessible to the typical family.  We had hoped to gather together 20 families for a bulk purchase of solar equipment for heating domestic hot water.  We heard from over 200 people who were interested from Western Wisconsin to Hutchinson Minnesota.  We attracted much interest with our yellow "Sign me up for SolarTM" Signs.

Seventeen systems were ultimately installed including a large 9-panel system on an apartment building in St. Paul.  12 in Minneapolis with six in the Como neighborhood.  We thank the people who helped make this project possible which include Innovative Power Systems, Councilmember Gordon's office & the Center for Energy and Environment.  With a special thank you to all the participants who are really the ones who made it possible. 

Former Urban Studies intern, Charla Heutinck, did her senior paper on the project in 2006 (before completion) click here to view her paper.

(See the link to The Green Institute's report on this pilot project at the bottom of this page or check for more info on this project).

  • SECIA is nominated for two 2009 Environmental Initiative Awards! SECIA is nominated for two 2009 Environmental Initiative Awards!
    Posted Aug 10, 2010, 10:36 AM by Unknown user
  • MN Daily September 26, 2007 Solar thermal plot project finished Caitlin Cornelius PUBLISHED: 09/26/2007
    Posted Nov 26, 2008, 4:02 PM by Unknown user
  • The Minnesota Daily, September 28, 2006 "Some residents getting hot water via solar power"The solar-powered hot water heater systems cost participants $6,000 each. – Every bright and sunny morning, Connie Sullivan knows she's ...
    Posted Nov 26, 2008, 3:48 PM by Unknown user
  • Midwest Home, March 2006 "Shades of green: Eco-friendly building gets comfortable and stylish"Getting started – more intrigued than knowledgeable about going green and sustainable building? Here are some resources that can help . . . Minnesota ...
    Posted Nov 29, 2008, 7:29 AM by Unknown user
  • Park Bugle, March 2006 "Got sun? Local residents will heat water with solar power" – The latest fashion in home remodeling, despite a discrete profile, makes a provocative statement. A glassy roof panel that glints ...
    Posted Nov 26, 2008, 3:38 PM by Unknown user
  • The Minnesota Daily, January 25, 2006 "Bright future ahead near U: Solar energy is becoming a reality in a University neighborhood" – The residents of the Southeast Como neighborhood are working to save the environment and are ...
    Posted Nov 26, 2008, 3:37 PM by Unknown user
  • Park Bugle, January 2006 "Solar Heating" The Southeast Como Improvement Association, in conjunction with Innovative Power Systems, is arranging for the cooperative purchase of solar waterheating installations. Cooperative purchase of equipment and tax rebates ...
    Posted Nov 26, 2008, 3:36 PM by Unknown user
  • The Bridge, December 2005 "Get in on a solar deal" – There is still time to get in on a local bulk purchase of residential solar energy systems. The program, initiated in the Como neighborhood ...
    Posted Nov 26, 2008, 3:46 PM by Unknown user
  • KSTP-TV, November 11, 2005 "High oil prices raise interest in solar heat" In the past, solar water heaters were popular among mostly environmentally conscious consumers, but as heating oil prices have drastically increased in ...
    Posted Nov 26, 2008, 3:49 PM by Unknown user
  • NRP Link, October 2005 "SE Como and neighbors have solar heat incentive" – Who wouldn’t like to save money on energy? Southeast Como neighborhood is offering 20 households or businesses the opportunity to participate ...
    Posted Nov 26, 2008, 3:32 PM by Unknown user
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