New Energy Equity, Region Five Development Commission and Rural Renewable Energy Alliance have completed their solar schools project to develop six solar arrays, totaling 1.5 megawatts, for Pine River-Backus and Pequot Lakes school districts and Central Lakes College.

These three projects in central Minnesota will reduce each school’s carbon footprint by 1,420 metric tons of carbon dioxide, while providing discounted and predictable electricity costs over the next 25 years.

The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony and presentations to celebrate the achievement from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 26, at Pine River-Backus High School.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for Region Five's solar schools project is set for Sept. 26 at Pine River-Backus High School.
A ribbon cutting ceremony for Region Five's solar schools project is set for Sept. 26 at Pine River-Backus High School.

Project partners include Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund, Minnesota Public Utilities, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Region Five Development Commission, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance, REAL Solar Design-Build, Sourcewell, New Energy Equity LLC, Minnesota Power, Brainerd Public Utilities, Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative, Widseth Smith Nolting, Kandiyo Consulting, and numerous valued local contractors.