New Solar Garden Is Heating Up In Detroit Lakes

Detroit Lakes Public Utilities officials said they decided it would be more efficient to control the power from one central location

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A solar garden project that has been in the works for over two years is now up and running in Detroit Lakes.

The two solar arrays at 1426 Terry Street on–site are currently providing energy for 40 public utilities customers and have room for about 10 more.

Detroit Lakes Public Utilities officials say they decided it would be more efficient to control the power from one central location.

This is just one step the city is taking to conserve energy in town.

“Solar is green, there isn’t any carbon,” said Roger Motzan, who is the Electric Distribution Supervisor. “It’s come right from nature, so to speak. It comes from the sunlight so when the sun shines, it generates electricity. When the sun doesn’t shine, of course it doesn’t generate electricity. So far it’s been going very, very well and the community has been very supportive of it.”

The solar garden will be used by customers within Detroit Lakes.

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