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Met Council to consider 5,000 solar panels at Shakopee waste facility

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The Blue Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant may be going solar, with 5,000 solar panels being considered for the facility in Shakopee.

Finance & Commerce reports that the Met Council will decide Wednesday whether to approve a 25-year agreement with Denver-based Oak Leaf Energy Partners. F&C says the regional planning agency is expected to approve the solar panels on the 10-acre site, which is about 4 miles east of downtown Shakopee and on the Minnesota River.

It would be enough to power the wastewater plant, and the $4 million in construction would be covered by Oak Leaf, says the paper, but the Met Council is mum on savings or expenses.

Still, it seems as a change is going to come to Blue Lake, which serves more than 20 municipalities, Finance & Commerce notes.

The Shakopee Patch says the plant serves almost 300,000 residents and treats about 29 million gallons of wastewater each day.

This comes after the Star Tribune reported last week that a project that turns toilet solids into energy at the plant is saving an estimated $500,000 a year, and that the Met Council received a $150,000 rebate from its supplier, CenterPoint Energy, because of the savings.

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