Solar panels installed at The Ponds at Battle Creek golf course
Energy and environmental stewardship are top priorities in Ramsey County and the unveiling of new solar panels is just the beginning of the county’s effort to integrate resources for renewable energy. Dignitaries will proudly showcase the solar site at The Ponds at Battle Creek golf course on Friday, October 26, while providing a detailed account of another solar array recently installed at the Ramsey County Parks & Recreation administration building.
“This project highlights the many benefits of renewable energy,” says Ramsey County Parks & Recreation Director Mark McCabe. “In addition to the obvious environmental benefits, this project is projected to save the county and its residents significant dollars in energy costs over the life of the panels, all while utilizing a local developer and local labor for installation. So not only are we ‘going green’, we’re also making an economic investment in our community.”
All events begin at 1 p.m. Attendees will have the chance to drive a golf cart to the ribbon cutting, partake in a putting contest and get a tour of the conservation projects in place at one of Ramsey County’s premiere golf courses.
In 2016, Ramsey County Parks & Recreation partnered with Xcel Energy, through its Partners in Energy program, to develop and implement an energy action plan for the department. This plan, dubbed “Green Spaces, Green Places,” sets forth three specific energy-related goals:
- Reduce energy use by 35 percent at all Parks & Recreation facilities by 2025.
- Use 100 percent renewable energy at county park facilities by 2025.
- Increase environmental stewardship education and awareness for both staff and residents.
These goals and the Parks & Recreation solar arrays reflect the county’s overarching commitment to energy and environmental stewardship as a cornerstone of healthy, vibrant communities.