Sustainability is at the heart of The Liberty Apartments and Townhomes in Golden Valley, Minnesota. From ideation to final CAD designs, throughout the entire property of 55 townhomes, 200 apartments, community clubhouse and pool, integrated PV solar arrays will generate clean energy for decades to come.
In partnership with Intuitive Investments (Todd Schachtman), Liberty Crossing Investment Partners, Steven Scott Management, Tanek Architects, Momentum Design Group, Great Western Bank, the St. Paul Port Authority and TruNorth Solar, The Liberty was developed as a sustainable solar community. The project is comprised of a 136-kW PV system for the apartment building, a 20-kW PV system for the community clubhouse to run the pool pumps, as well as 27 individual PV systems to power each townhome unit with a south facing roof. By installing the PV systems as part of a sustainable project portfolio at inception, the installation and labor costs are greatly reduced, in contrast to retroactively adapting the electric system to clean energy years later.
A key component of the Liberty Solar Project is awareness to ensure that we are all aware of what could be done to make solar a more integrated part of our living. All Liberty residents will be able to track the amount of electricity being generated, online or with a smartphone app.
The solar arrays will be designed and constructed by TruNorth Solar and consists of over 900 PV panels and 280 kW of energy interconnected to the local Xcel Energy distribution system. The project is expected to create 12 local design and installation jobs for most of 2017 and utilizes local supplier Werner Electric.
News item from TruNorth Solar