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 www.secomo.org for more info on this project).