Your Green Life: Solar garden could breathe new life into Lincoln Park

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DULUTH, MN– Energy, plus equity, plus economic vitality adds up to Ecolibrium3. It’s a non-profit dedicated to inspiring and leading change in the Twin Ports toward a sustainable future.

Located in the heart of Duluth’s Lincoln Park, they add on to a growing trend of revitalizing the neighborhood. Their plan? a solar garden. Their goal? to help low-income families.

Ecolibrium3 is developing a 40-kilowatt solar array in an empty grass lot at the northeastern entrance to Lincoln Park.

Community Energy Program Developer Lucas Giese says “We see Lincoln Park as sort of an asset to the Duluth community.”

The power from the array located along I-35 and West Michigan Street will benefit the Duluth Veteran’s Place and provide emergency energy funds through a partnership with Minnesota Power. “Will go to low-income residents who are struggling to pay their utility bills here in the neighborhood and around Duluth.”

The proposed array will generate over $300,000 of renewable energy over its 25-year lifespan.  Giese says “It will allow us to help over 500 families over the course of the array.”

But a project of this size takes a big chunk of change to create. At a price tag of nearly $270,000, Ecolibrium3 is turning to the community for support.

“We’re launching a fundraiser, SUN-raiser because it’s, of course, its solar power.”

In a neighborhood that faces an energy burden due to it’s older housing stock, officials say the solar array could breathe new life into the often overlooked space.

Giese says, “been working to not just put in a solar array but really make a community space that the neighborhood can be proud of.”

Ecolibrium3 plans to have the solar garden finished by the end of this year.

 

Jessie Slater

Jessie Slater

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