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SunPower plans 13.78MW solar plant.

SunPower has begun designing a 13.78MW solar power plant at the navy base in China Lake, California with the intention of breaking ground next month and to be in operation at the end of next year. The project will feature SunPower Oasis Power Plants. Each power block integrates the SunPower T0 Tracker with the maximum Read more…

Council Bluffs assisted living

This long time client of Energy Concepts from our engineering division specializes in upscale senior assisted living facilities has been adding green elements. Their new Council Bluffs building features a 9.4 kW photovoltaic system, a solar hot water system for the domestic hot water usage, as well as a ground source heat pump system for Read more…

SunPower’s season of giving

SunPower’s “Season of Giving” now helps powers a substantial portion of the electricity needed to power the Jusst Sooup Ranch kitchen that is operated by Rev. Dale Dunning of Lewes, Delaware. Featured on November 18th on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition; the 25kW SunPower system is expected to generate approximately 75% of the Dunning family’s annual energy Read more…

Featherstone Farm Goes Solar

From organics to solar. Featherstone Farm is a 250 acre organic farm located in southeast Minnesota. The farm produces 50 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables for sale to natural food stores, wholesalers and CSA members in the region.   SunPower leads the way. Our 38.4 kW SunPower array features industry-leading 19% efficient SPR320 panels! Read more…

Solar lights up the depot coffeehouse

Of grinds and electrons. The Depot is a renovated trainstop in Hopkins that now serves as a coffee house and trailhead for area bike trails. The Depot also serves as an important asset to the community by providing students an opportunity to create their own place to learn, relax, and have fun while running a Read more…

Passive House in the woods

A collaborative effort. We at Energy Concepts are proud of our contribution towards this first certified Passive Houses™ in the midwest! It ranks among one of only a few net energy positive and carbon-neutral buildings in the country, blending economy, ecology, health and durability in ways only a Passive House can.       The Read more…

Sun dancers harmonize with native prairie

A veteran adds solar After retiring from 20 plus years of service, this veteran created his idyllic prairie homestead. Having already installed geothermal to optimize his heating and cooling energy usage, he turned to solar to offset the electricity in his home. By purchasing a solar system that nearly covers all of his electrical energy Read more…

St. Paul’s green building gets greener

Light rail corridor goes solar. The Spruce Tree Center solar project was the first of an Xcel Energy initiative to establish a solar corridor along the new light rail line. The projects demonstrates the viability of larger solar electric systems in Minnesota. At 36.8 kW, it’s currently among the ten largest in the state. Prominent Read more…

Tribal nation goes solar

Seventh generation principle. “Make decisions today to benefit children seven generations into the future.” That principle was underscored in this impressive project that featured both a 20kW solar electric system and a large solar thermal system. The publicly bid project had many problems with poorly understood solar designs by the architect and engineer.     Challenge Read more…

Geothermal powered by solar

Minnesota’s 2nd largest solar. The Vadnais Heights-based non-profit has created one of the most unique and environmentally friendly commercial buildings in Minnesota! The building’s design incorporates a thermal envelope, a 100kW solar installation, a white roof, a geothermal system and a redesigned lighting system. At the time, it was the 2nd largest solar installation in Read more…