Energy

Renewable Energy
On October 10, 2011, the City Council adopted a Renewable Energy Ordinance (PDF). The ordinance will promote energy systems that have positive impacts in energy conservation and includes regulations that will allow for wind, solar and geothermal energy systems in residential and commercial zoning districts.

One aspect of the ordinance allows small wind energy conversion systems (small wind tubines) to be installed in any zoning districts (even single family residential properties). Small wind turbines are defined as a turbine of less than 100 kW in total nameplate generating capacity and a maximum height of 60 feet (as measured to the top of the blade). The turbine must be placed in the rear or side yard and must maintain a setback to the property lines that are equal to the height of the turbine. The small wind turbine requires a building permit (in most cases) and consent from 100 percent of the adjacent property owners. Contact the City's Building Department at 651-249-2300 with questions about small wind turbine building permits. Download the small wind turbine neighborhood consent form (PDF). For more information contact Shann Finwall, Environmental Planner, by email or telephone (651) 249-2304.

City Hall and Community Center Solar PV Panels
In 2012 Maplewood installed 2 solar panels (PDF) at its City Hall Campus, one at City Hall and one at the Community Center.
Nature Center Solar PV Panels
The Maplewood Nature Center is sporting a brand new look thanks to Federal, State, and City Green initiatives! In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, the City applied for and received a Solar Energy Legacy Grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for photovoltaic (PV) panels and solar educational components for the Nature Center. PV cells collect the sun’s rays and transform them into useable electric power.

The Nature Center PV project consists of 8, 3’ x 4’ panels, installed as an awning on the south (front) side of the building. The panels are connected by micro inverters that convert the direct current (DC) produced by the cells to alternating current (AC) that our homes and businesses use for electricity. These particular inverters also allow us to see how much energy each panel is producing. View the energy production from the Nature Center panels.