Hometown Solar Grant Program
The future of our energy supply includes both conventional and renewable resources. The Hometown Solar Grant Program offers our members a unique, local learning opportunity to educate and familiarize students and members’ customers with solar power.
In 2015, the Agency launched its Hometown Solar Grant Program — an extension of MMPA’s Energy Education Program. The purpose of the grant program is to provide an educational asset to our member communities and to help teach local youth first-hand how sunlight is converted into electricity, as well as the unique characteristics of solar power.
The Hometown Solar Grant Program provides schools and other educational facilities with the opportunity to apply for a 5 kW solar installation.
MMPA plans to award four grants each year for three years, providing all 12 MMPA member communities the opportunity to participate.
In 2016, The Agency selected the member communities of Arlington, Brownton, Olivia and Winthrop to receive solar grants. Solar panels have been installed at Brownton City Offices, BOLD High School and GFW High School. In addition, an installation at Sibley East Middle/High School in Arlington is planned for 2017.
2017 member communities selected to receive Hometown Solar Grants include: Anoka, East Grand Forks, Le Sueur and North St. Paul.
MMPA completed its first Hometown Solar installation at its Faribault Energy Park (FEP) in spring 2015. The FEP installation supports MMPA’s Energy Education Program, including educational tours at the Faribault facility.