Geronimo signs University of Minnesota, other large organizations to its community solar project portfolio

Written By: Stratton Report
March 22, 2017

Geronimo Energy

On March 22, Geronimo Energy, LLC announced it signed several Minnesota organizations to its Nordic Solar Portfolio of over 30 community solar gardens spread across 18 Minnesota counties. Per Geronimo, the subscribers include the University of Minnesota, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and Hennepin County.

According to the solar developer, the U of MN’s Portfolio subscription will include several of the U of MN’s premises and represents an estimated $800,000 in electricity savings over the life of the contract. Geronimo stressed that it won the contract through a formal competitive request for proposal process.

Shane Stennes, Director of Sustainability for the University of Minnesota noted: “The University of Minnesota is excited to participate in the community solar garden program. By enrolling in the program, the University is able to advance its cost saving and environmental goals, while growing Minnesota’s local, clean energy economy,”

Patrick Hamilton, Director of Global Change initiatives at the Science Museum of Minnesota observed: “The Science Museum of Minnesota is pleased that its purchase of clean, renewable energy from Geronimo Energy’s Portfolio will save us more than $14,000 annually in energy costs while investing in the clean energy economy.  In addition, the museum is gratified to know that the ground under the solar panels will be sown with a pollinator-friendly mix of prairie plants.”

Blake Nixon, Geronimo Energy President remarked:

Geronimo Energy is proud to invest in our home state of Minnesota,” said “Community solar gardens are a win-win for Minnesotans. The subscriptions help to reduce electricity bills for subscribers, and the projects provide economic development to communities and clean power to the grid for constituents.

Geronimo noted it is actively seeking subscriptions from corporations, non-profits, government entities, and educational institutions in nearly 40 Minnesota counties, including the Twin Cities metro area, as well as southwest, southeast and mid-state regions.