For Immediate Release
Contact: John Ehresmann
[GOLDEN VALLEY, MN Nov. 12, 2019] – The Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) recently elected Dr. Behnaz Beladi, Apadana Energy LLC Director of Engineering, to a two-year term on their Board of Directors.
MnSEIA’s mission is to grow solar energy industries as part of Minnesota’s clean energy transition through public policy, education, job creation and sustainable industry development. Since the organization’s inception in 2009, Minnesota has seen exponential solar growth and has reached 1 Gigawatt of installed solar capacity.
Dr. Beladi’s experience in the renewable energy industry, including her leadership role in the development of large-scale solar PV projects, such as the recently completed solar garden atop RAMP A in downtown Minneapolis, will prove invaluable to the MnSEIA Board.
“Dr. Beladi brings a wonderful depth of experience to MnSEIA and will provide invaluable service and assistance to the organization during her Board tenure. We are happy to see her elected to this immensely talented Board of Directors, and we know that she will continue to Move MN Solar Forward with us as we embark on the next stage of Minnesota's renewable energy transformation," said Liz Lucente, MnSEIA Program Director & General Counsel.
About Apadana Energy
Apadana Energy, dba Apadana Solar Technologies, is based in Golden Valley MN and provides engineering, procurement, and construction management services across the spectrum of solar energy projects, small to large and simple to complex. We are a company founded and staffed by engineers, supply chain professionals, and solar energy experts, with a mission to help our customers achieve their social, environmental, and financial goals via clean energy. We manage solar energy projects from start to finish and pay attention to every detail, big and small, delivering the greatest value for our customers.
For Immediate Release
Contact: John Ehresmann, Apadana Solar Technologies
Press materials: https://tinyurl.com/ramp-a-media
MINNEAPOLIS “CARPORT” SOLAR GARDEN POWERS UP
Ramp A Parking Garage Overlooking Target Field
is Site of City’s Newest and Largest Renewable Energy Power Plant
[Golden Valley, MN Oct. 7, 2019] Apadana Solar Technologies (Apadana), Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF), and Poly-Tex announced today that the newest and largest Community Solar Garden in Minneapolis is now live. Apadana is the designer and installer of the project, CEF is the owner, and Poly-Tex Solar (Poly-Tex, Inc) is the design and manufacturing partner for the project’s unique solar canopy system.
“The project used 3,760 solar panels and 140 tons of steel. Solar panels were mounted 16 feet above the parking deck providing excellent clearance for vehicle parking beneath the solar garden” said Ahmad Kian, CEO of Apadana Solar Technologies. ”The panels have been uniquely oriented as a canopy, providing shade for parked vehicles in the summer, and during the winter, preventing snow from sliding off the panels onto pedestrians and vehicles.”
“The Ramp A Community Solar Garden is the third project that we have undertaken with CEF”, noted John Ehresmann, President of Apadana Solar Technologies. “It has been the most rewarding, as well as most challenging project due to the purpose-built steel canopy super-structure. The project could not have been completed without the active support and cooperation of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the City of Minneapolis and their engineering arm, Walker Consultants, and ABM Parking Services.”
“Apadana proved to be a great partner to the City of Minneapolis as we undertook this complex project,” said Tom Peterson, City of Minneapolis Project Engineer for Traffic and Parking Services. “Their project management and scheduling flexibility was critical in delivering the project on time, especially when faced with heavy local traffic patterns during this year’s popular Twin’s baseball season.”
“This project exemplifies how cities can take underutilized parking areas and turn them into renewable energy assets allowing electricity to be produced where it is consumed” commented John Frederick, VP of Sales & Marketing at Poly-Tex Solar. “Poly-Tex’s unique Tri-Plane Truss® architecture allowed us to provide a cost efficient design for the Ramp A structure.”
The new renewable energy power plant will produce over 1,400 MWh of electricity each year for CEF subscribers, which will offset the electricity bills of over 150 households. As a member-owned cooperative, CEF focuses on creating access for all, and many member subscribers, including renters and residents of affordable housing, are participating with no upfront cost while receiving net savings on their electric bills and building long-term equity as member-owners of the co-op.
The general public will be invited to learn more about the project and tour the Ramp at a public celebration Sunday October 20th from noon-1:30PM on the top deck of Ramp A (101 North 9th St.).
Additional Press Resources, including images, b-roll, and interview contacts are available at: https://tinyurl.com/ramp-a-media
About Apadana Solar Technologies
Apadana Solar Technologies is based in Golden Valley MN and provides engineering, procurement, and construction management services across the spectrum of solar energy projects, small to large and simple to complex. We are a company founded and staffed by engineers, supply chain professionals, and solar energy experts, with a mission to help our customers achieve their social, environmental, and financial goals via clean energy. We manage solar energy projects from start to finish and pay attention to every detail, big and small, delivering the greatest value for our customers.
About Cooperative Energy Futures
Cooperative Energy Futures is a member-owned clean energy cooperative made up of over 700 members across Minnesota. CEF develops community solar gardens that are universally accessible, prioritize access for low-income families who can benefit the most from cost-savings from solar, advance justice in the solar workforce, and build community wealth through cooperative ownership. CEF brings urban, suburban, and rural communities together to build a clean energy future rooted in the leadership and vision of local people working together.
About Poly-Tex Solar Poly-Tex Solar designs, engineers, and manufactures solar canopy systems for commercial projects. Located in Bloomington MN, Poly-Tex Solar is a division of Poly-Tex Inc., whose experience spans over three decades in the design and manufacturing of commercial greenhouses, retail display systems and large-scale shade structures. We approach each opportunity with a site-specific mindset to bring financial feasibility to your solar canopy projects.
MN DOT RAMP A CSG REMARKS
By Kim Havey
On behalf of Mayor Frey and the entire city council I want to congratulate Cooperative Energy Futures, MN Department of Transportation, and Apadana Solar Technologies for working together to see this vision for a CSG on a parking ramp become a reality.
The City is proud to be a partner with CEF and MN DOT of this CSG and looks forward to seeing it’s completion in 2019.
CEF is an example of an organization that has grown as a result of good solar policy. In 2013, the Community solar gardens legislation was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Dayton. This policy along with other solar related policies has led to the creation of thousands of new jobs dozens of new businesses. It also helped make MN one of the top ten fastest growing solar markets in the US in2017. As a start-up cooperative in 2009 working on weatherization and energy efficiency to becoming a leading CSG developer today CEF is an excellent example of how new innovative companies are expanding in Minnesota and are helping meeting the challenges of climate change.
A couple of the unique aspects of this project are that the solar panels are installed on a parking garage rooftop over an interstate and that CEF is working with residential subscribers many of whom are resource constrained. While CEF could have built this CSG as a ground mounted system in a rural area they took on the challenge of developing it in the urban core, on a rooftop of a parking ramp. By utilizing the unused air space they have created additional value for the parking ramp and its customers while lowering the cost of energy for the subscribers and increasing renewable energy in our community. I would call that a win-win-win.
We, as a community are facing a significant time crunch to avert the worst effects of climate so we need to do more projects such as this and do them fast. In order to meet the City’s own 100% renewable electric goal by 2030 we will need at least 80 of these 1 MW sized projects to be installed. While that may seem to be a daunting challenge there are reasons to be optimistic. We can be optimistic because of organizations such as CEF and MN DOT who are standing shoulder to shoulder with Minneapolis. Collectively, working together will achieve our goals for a low carbon future that is cleaner, greener, healthier, just and equitable for all members of society.
My sincere congratulations on meeting the challenges of this difficult project and for including the residents and businesses of Minnesota in the benefits of your success.
Kim W. Havey
Director of Sustainability
City of Minneapolis