City Detail

Background Information

City of Saint Peter
County: Le Sueur,Nicollet
Population: 11, 692
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 120
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Kayode Adiatu
City Staff
507-469-5316
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 1 ( )

City Assessment Files and City Performance Metrics

City councils pass a resolution to join the GreenStep program and are recognized at Step 1. Step 2 and Step 3 recognition levels reflect completed city actions, reported and rated below with stars (1 star = good, 2 stars = better, 3 stars = best). The Assessment File below summarizes completed city actions in a short Word file. Step 4 recognition is awarded to cities who report a minimum number of core metrics for the previous calendar year. These metrics aim to show the aggregate, quantitative results of taking multiple GreenStep actions. Step 5 cities show improvement in the Step 4 metrics. See yearly data for Steps 4&5. Additional city data can be found by reviewing information on B3 Benchmarking and Regional Indicators Initiative.

Best Practice Actions Underway and Completed

Completed actions are denoted by stars.

Total completed actions: 29

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

Pending - Action 1:

Enter building information into the Minnesota B3 Benchmarking database and routinely enter monthly energy, water use data for all city-owned buildings.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Saint Peter has launched and started entering data into the Minnesota B3 Benchmarking website. This will continue on a monthly basis as trends will be reviewed periodically to gauge performance and improve efficiency.
Outcome measures/metrics:
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316
Pending - Action 4:

Implement information technology efforts and city employee engagement to reduce plug loads, building energy use and workflow efficiency.

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Implementation details:
The City of Saint Peter requires all Electric Utility customers with newly installed or replacement central air conditioning, to participate in an "Electric Load Management" program. It is designed to reduce the costs to the utility and to the customer. By lowering peak demand for electricity during certain times of the day, typically during the summer months, the utility can save customers money by lowering the wholesale price of electricity bought by the utility. Controls are added to the residential air conditioning unit that allows the municipal electric utility the ability to turn the cooling unit on and off. A unit would typically be shut off for a fifteen minute period each hour. By rolling the shut off through the city, the peak energy consumption of the utility is "shaved" resulting in lower electrical rates to the consumer.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316

Efficient Existing Private Buildings {BP no.2}

Pending - Action 1:

Create or participate in a marketing/outreach/incentive program to promote/achieve residential energy/water use reduction and energy efficiency.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2010
Implementation details:
The city of Saint Peter provides periodic newsletter/hotsheet educating and informing citizens about conserving water and energy reduction. Current update is also sent to residents via email and can also be seen on the city's website.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316
Pending - Action 3:

Implement an energy rating/disclosure policy for residential and/or commercial buildings.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2010
Implementation details:
The city of Saint Peter has a disclosure policy for utility ratings for residents and business owners and this is posted on the city's website. Also, the city has online energy analysis where residents and business owners can use to view their energy usage and how can be done to save more.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316
Pending - Action 5:

Conserve/protect drinking/groundwater resources by creating a water-wise landscaping ordinance/guidance, WaterSense purchasing program, or guidance on rainwater harvesting and home water softener use.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2015
Implementation details:
In Saint Peter, the main goal of a rain barrel is to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff which enters our storm sewer system and ultimately enters our rivers and streams, thereby reducing pollution and erosion. A rain barrel is an easy, inexpensive way to obtain these goals and a great way to conserve
water. Also, homeowners in Saint Peter have water softeners equipment which automatically track water quantity usage and water hardness and will self adjust without the homeowner having to do a thing.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

Pending - Action 5:

Use LED/solar-powered lighting for a flashing sign or in a street, parking lot or park project.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2015
Implementation details:
All city-owned parking lot lights and lights outside the buildings are LEDs
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316

Building Redevelopment {BP no.5}

Pending - Action 1:

Adopt an historic preservation ordinance/regulations to encourage adaptive reuse.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 1989
Implementation details:
Section 10.167 of Saint Peter code of ordinance: The district described in Res. No. 1989-95 by the City Council at the public hearing of June 12, 1989, and designated the "Saint Peter Historic District" is hereby adopted as part of this chapter and is designated as the Saint Peter Heritage Preservation District. This article has been developed with the purpose to preserve and promote the natural beauty and distinctive historic character of the Saint Peter Heritage Preservation Property, which is so intimately connected with the history and life of the City, to maintain and promote the charm and atmosphere of an integrated shopping, living,entertainment, and recreation area for visitors and the people of the City, to the end that the public welfare will be promoted and advanced through the preservation of property values and the resulting benefits to the economy of the City flowing from the promotion and maintenance of the City as a leading attraction for tourists and most importantly, to preserve and promote the quality of life for the citizens of the City.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316
Pending - Action 4:

Create/modify a green residential remodeling assistance/financing program to assist homeowners in adding space or features such as EV charging, renewables to their existing homes.

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
The city of Saint Peter created a Transverse Green Subdivision which offers reduced pricing based on income eligibility and availability of financing.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316

Land Use Land Use

Comprehensive, Climate and Energy Plans {BP no.6}

Pending - Action 1:

Adopt a comprehensive plan or (for Category B & C cities) adopt a future land use plan that was adopted by the county or a regional entity.

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Implementation details:
Saint Peter first adopted its comprehensive plan in 1973. There was an update in 1995 and this continued every ten years. The last comprehensive plan was updated in 2016. The future land use plan is depicted in Appendix A of the 2016 comprehensive plan.
Outcome measures/metrics:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316

Mixed Uses {BP no.8}

Pending - Action 1:

Organize or participate in a community planning/design process for the city/a mixed use district.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2012
Implementation details:
The Community Development Department directs the economic development and planning efforts of the city. The department also supports industrial, commercial and residential development and coordinates those efforts with multiple public and private partners. Saint Peter has successfully implemented mixed use with housing where both single family and multi-family have both been developed. Currently, the city is working on a downtown commercial project with ground floor space and residential use on top.
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Greater Mankato Growth, MnDOT-District 7
For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316
Pending - Action 2:

Locate or lease a school, city building or other government facility that has at least two of these attributes:

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 2012
Implementation details:
Saint Peter has a brand new high school with Trail system, biking, and sidewalk and has Dial-a-Ride transit system that is accessible to the school.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316
Pending - Action 3:

Modify a planned unit development ordinance to emphasize mixed use development, to limit residential PUDs to areas adjacent to commercial development, and/or to add sustainability features.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2007
Implementation details:
The city of Saint Peter has a PUD that allows for mixed uses provided such use meets the intent and purpose for which a planned unit development is permitted. The development plan in the ordinance contain proposed covenants, easements, and other provisions relating to bulk, location and density of permitted structures, accessory, structures and public facilities as may be required for the welfare of the PUD and the city.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316

Efficient Highway- and Auto-Oriented Development {BP no.9}

Pending - Action 1:

Establish design goals for at least one highway/auto-oriented corridor/cluster.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2009
Implementation details:
The 2009 improvements and construction along U.S Highway 169 through Saint Peter sought to address
six primary goals:
1. Improve pedestrian safety and accessibility
2. Improve vehicle safety
3. Improve mobility and system connectivity
4. Enhance appearance of corridor and community
5. Reinforce historic context of downtown
6. Rehabilitate roadway pavement

Raised medians were installed between the north and southbound lanes to improve both vehicle and pedestrian safety and mobility. "Bump-outs" were also added to define parking lanes and reduce pedestrian crossing lengths, while controlled intersections received pedestrian timers. To improve vehicular travel patterns, crossing accesses at Park Rowand Grace Street were removed, redirecting vehicles that wish to cross 169 to alternative controlled intersections. Benches and bike racks were also added along the street, improving the general aesthetics of the 169 corridor. In 2009, the City of Saint Peter joined other municipalities, counties, townships, private industry and individuals as a charter member of the U.S. Highway 169 Corridor Coalition.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316
Pending - Action 2:

Participate in regional economic development planning with representatives from surrounding townships, cities, the county and business interests to:

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 2011
Implementation details:
The city of Saint Peter has been involved in a regional economic developments programs in collaboration with other cities and organizations which seeks to encourage business and developments within the city.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316
Pending - Action 3:

Adopt infrastructure design standards that protect the economic and ecologic functions of the highway corridor through clustering of development, plantings and incorporating access management standards.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2010
Implementation details:
The planning and zoning commission in Saint Peter adopted and takes into consideration the requirements of the community and the best use of the land being subdivided. Particular attention has been given to the arrangements, location and widths of streets, the general stormwater drainage situation, lot sizes and arrangement, as well as Comprehensive Plan requirements such as parks, school sites, access ways, boulevards and highways.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316

Design for Natural Resource Conservation {BP no.10}

Pending - Action 6:

Conserve natural, cultural, historic resources by adopting or amending city codes and ordinances to support sustainable sites, including roadsides, and environmentally protective land use development.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2010
Implementation details:
In Saint Peter, the Planning and Zoning Commission takes into consideration the requirements of the community and the best use of the land being subdivided. Particular attention have been given to the arrangements, location and widths of streets, the general stormwater drainage situation, lot sizes and arrangement, as well as Comprehensive Plan requirements such as parks, school sites, access ways, boulevards and highways, but not limited to these.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316

Transportation Transportation

Living Streets {BP no.11}

Pending - Action 2:

Adopt zoning language or approve a skinny street/development project that follows green street and/or walkable streets principles.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2010
Implementation details:
The arrangement, character, extent, width and location of streets shall conform to the Comprehensive Plan, the approved standard street sections and all applicable ordinances and shall be considered in their relation to existing and planned streets, to reasonable circulation of traffic, to topographical conditions, to runoff of storm water, to public convenience and safety and in their appropriate relation to the proposed uses of the area to be served.

Sec. 44-48. - Design standards. sub. 2. Saint Peter, MN Code of Ordinances.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316
Pending - Action 5:

Identify and remedy street-trail gaps between city streets and off-road trails/bike trails to better facilitate walking and biking.

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Implementation details:
The 2015 Trail master plan shows both existing and proposed Saint Peter trails. Currently, there are both state and local trails available to the Saint Peter community. Upon the installation of the Washington Link connector street, the abandoned right of way between the Davis street and Sunrise Drive has remained and is now utilized as a walking and biking trails within the city. Local trails run along portions of Sunrise Drive and County Road 5 (Broadway Avenue), Dodd Avenue, County Road 15 and Nicollet Avenue. Saint Peter is working with DNR, Mankato, North Mankato, Blue Earth County, Nicollet County, Le Sueur County and Kasota focusing on the functional and recreational movement of pedestrians and bicyclists.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316
Pending - Action 6:

Implement traffic calming policy/measures, including lane conversions (road diets), roundabouts, shared space and depaving, in at least one street redevelopment project.

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 2012
Implementation details:
As a part of the City's annual street maintenance program, the City performs a task called "seal coating". The city is divided into sections and the work is completed on a 5 -6 year rotating basis in each section.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

Pending - Action 1:

Increase walking, biking and transit use by one or more of the following means:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
The city of Saint Peter has increased transit by posting Dial-A-Ride hours of operation and other updates on route services on their website.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316
Pending - Action 3:

Prominently identify mobility options: transit; paratransit/Dial-A-Ride; ridesharing/cab services; rental cars; bikes; airports.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
In 2017 Saint Peter and Le Sueur Transit merged into Minnesota River Valley Transit (MRVT). Minnesota River Valley Transit (MRVT) is a Dial-a-Ride (DAR) service within the City of Saint Peter. Also, on Mondays and Thursdays there is a route service that runs from Le Sueur through Saint Peter and into Mankato. This service is also available on the 2nd Saturday of the month (Saturday start times are at 10:30 AM). Service starts in Le Sueur at Valley Green Square Mall (204 Valley Green Square) leaving at 8:30 AM. The bus will stop at Family Fresh Market (612 S. Minnesota Avenue) and leave at 8:50 AM. The next stop is the Cinemark Movies 8 entrance to the River Hills Mall (1850 Adams Street). The bus will leave the Mall at 9:10 AM. The last stop is Mayo Clinic/Hospital/Mankato Clinic (1025 Marsh Street) at 9:20 AM. At 9:30 the bus will leave the complex. The next stop will be Family Fresh Market with the bus leaving the stop at 10:10 AM. Arrival back at Valley Green Square will be at 10:25 AM.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Community Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

Pending - Action 1:

Certify as a Tree City USA.

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 1994
Implementation details:
The city of Saint peter is certified as a Tree city USA.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316
Pending - Action 2:

Adopt best practices for urban tree planting/quality; require them in private developments and/or use them in at least one development project.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 1990
Implementation details:
The city of Saint Peter adopted a regulation through the council which identifies what trees and where they can be planted in the community. Trees are planted along boulevards in Saint Peter and are pruned, maintained and can be removed as may be necessary to ensure public safety, public access, or to enhance the symmetry and beauty of such public grounds.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316
Pending - Action 6:

Build community capacity to protect existing trees by one or more of:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
In the fall of 2018, the City of Saint Peter Council passed an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Management Plan. It is a proactive approach to mitigate the spread of Emerald Ash Borer. Within the EAB management plan there are 3 important strategies to help mitigate the effects of EAB. The City has adopted a proactive method of treatment and/or removal of ash trees, removing those in decline and those requested to be removed. The intent is to slow the spread of EAB by reducing certain host trees. In combination with this; the City shall consider pesticide use for EAB on public trees to protect trees and reduce beetle populations in potential infested areas.
Finally, replanting, as ash trees are removed, is perhaps the most important part of the EAB Management Plan. Reforestation with diverse species of young trees is the primary objective in retaining the City’s urban forest. While it is impossible to avoid pests and diseases, diversity in planting with mixed planting schemes can reduce the impact. Resident education and communication are key components of managing the impact of the EAB, especially as more information becomes available. The City will continue to educate residents and elected officials concerning EAB. Public information is available to residents through the City’s website, newsletters, and available at City Hall.

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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

Pending - Action 1:

Adopt and use Minnesota's Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS).

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2004
Implementation details:
As part of criteria for the installation or construction of stormwater management facilities in Saint Peter, the city code states that documentation showing compliance with the Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS) shall be provided, particularly for Total Suspended Solids (TSS) and Total Phosphorus (TP).
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316
Pending - Action 4:

Create a stormwater utility that uses variable fees to incentivize stormwater infiltration, minimize the volume of and pollutants in runoff, and educate property owners.

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Implementation details:
The city of Saint Peter's stormwater utility is committed to the preservation and enhancement of citizen's quality of life through water quality improvement, drainage infrastructure management, flood hazard minimization and public awareness. Stormwater payment goes toward maintaining and enhancing storm sewers throughout the community. Some of the more noticeable stormwater management efforts include maintenance of catch basins that catch the flow of water from streets and stormwater basins that hold stormwater for longer periods and allow for natural treatment and replenishment of aquifers. Several educational materials and online resources are frequently posted on the city's website for citizen's education and awareness.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316
Pending - Action 5:

Adopt and implement guidelines or design standards/incentives for at least one of the following stormwater infiltration/reuse practices:

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Implementation details:
The city has adopted and implemented incentives for rainwater water harvesting. Citizens are encouraged to purchase rain barrel by providing a rebate. Purchase of one of the qualifying barrels entitles the utility customer to either a $25 rebate on their utility bill or a $10 rebate on the utility bill for the purchase of a rain barrel diverter and parts kit. The main goal of a rain barrel is to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff which enters the storm sewer system and ultimately enters the rivers and streams, thereby reducing pollution and erosion. It is an inexpensive way to conserve water with many economical and environmental benefits.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316

Sustainable Consumption and Waste {BP no.22}

Pending - Action 6:

Improve recycling services and expand to multi-unit housing and commercial businesses.

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Implementation details:
The city of saint peter contracts with a local waste hauler to provide residential refuse and recycling service to all the residents. Services include curbside recycling. Recyclables include glass bottles, metal beverages and food cans, plastic and paper from newspaper, magazines, junk mail, non-coated food, paper boxes, small flat pieces of corrugated cardboard.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Renewable Energy {BP no.26}

Pending - Action 4:

Support a community solar garden or help community members participate in a community renewable energy project by:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
SOLARCHOICE is a city of Saint Peter program. This community solar is a way to benefit from solar without installing it on the rooftop of properties. Saint Peter now has a Community Solar Garden with thousands of panels. This is an easy way to join the solar movement at a level that is affordable to the people. It allows users/customers the opportunity to gain a level of price certainty by locking in the cost of a portion of future energy usage.
While only 25% of rooftops are suitable for solar installations, community solar provides an equitable way to allow those want more solar to get it without impacting those who do not.
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For more information contact:
Kayode Adiatu (City Staff) | adminintern@saintpetermn.gov | 5074695316