CERTs & MnSEIA Solar Video Contest

Submit solar videos by Oct. 10 and vote for your faves Oct. 11-17. Videos with the most public votes win: $1,000 for 1st, $600 for 2nd, and $400 for 3rd. Awards presented Oct. 22 at MnSEIA Annual Conference!
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Title: IPS Solar Install - Extra Space Storage - Minnetonka, MN
Author: Megan McDonald
Votes: 9

Views: 191
Description: Extra Space Storage has been adding solar to their facilities since 2010 and now has well over 200 locations powered with clean energy. IPS Solar helped them install solar at their facilities in St. Louis Park, Minnetonka, and Plymouth totaling 524 kW. The three arrays will produce roughly 623,000 kWh per year, enough to power 52 average Minnesota homes. Over 30 years the solar panel system will offset over 13,000 metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of adding 15,000 acres of trees to our forests. Rooftop solar on self storage facilities can offset anywhere from 80% to 100% of the annual electrical usage. Extra Space Storage CEO, Joe Margolis, understands the financial and environmental benefits of solar. “Solar is now a big part of our corporate sustainability program, and part of our ongoing effort to be good corporate citizens,” said Margolis. “Generating rooftop solar-energy production in lieu of using energy from carbon-emitting sources furthers this commitment and leverages a previously unused asset within our portfolio—our rooftops—and provides cost savings from reduced utility expense.”

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Submit up to 3 solar videos by Oct. 10


Vote for your favorite videos Oct. 11-17

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Awards given Oct. 22 at MnSEIA Conference

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Clean Energy Resource Teams

The Clean Energy Resource Teams—or CERTs—are a statewide partnership with a shared mission to connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects.


The Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) represents and serves Minnesota energy professionals and solar energy users, with a membership comprised of over 100 organizations involved in solar energy.

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