MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Minnesota-based Best Power Int’l, LLC and Westwood Renewables, LLC were awarded the Minneapolis Convention Center 600kW rooftop PV solar project. Best Power, the project owner and operator, is teaming with Westwood Renewables to provide the design, engineering, and program management for the project.
Westwood Renewables recently completed the 400kW St. John’s Solar Farm in Collegeville, Minnesota, the state’s largest solar installation to date. Westwood Renewables will collaborate with sister company, Westwood Professional Services for site surveys and design support.
Additional Minnesota companies involved in the project include Ryan Companies US, Inc., overseeing construction and Hunt Electric, providing electrical contracting. Hunt Electric was also a project partner for the Saint John’s Solar Farm.
The Minneapolis project will consist of 2,613 panels of photovoltaic (PV) modules on part of the convention center's roof. One-third would be oriented for maximum energy capture, one third to capture solar energy at the building's peak energy use, and another third for Xcel Energy's peak demand. The rooftop installation would cover the equivalent of nearly two and a half football fields and supply power to the Convention Center.
The Minneapolis City Council approved the project team on January 29. The project is expected to begin construction in early summer pending final approval of a $2 million grant from the Xcel Energy’s Renewable Development Fund.
About Best Power Int’l, LLC
Best Power Int’l, LLC is a Minnesota-based solar integrator that was founded in 2005 and has developed more than 20 percent of Minnesota’s installed solar capacity.
About Westwood Renewables, LLC
Westwood Renewables, LLC was established to provide comprehensive renewable energy project solutions including system analysis, site assessments, design, installation, and maintenance. Westwood Renewables is a national company and serves the Midwest as experts in cold-climate PV Solar and wind energy.
About Westwood Professional Services, Inc
Westwood Professional Services is a land and energy consulting company providing services to clients across America. Westwood has assisted with several thousand acres of land development projects since 1972 and over 12,000 MW of utility scale wind and solar projects since 1997.
About Ryan Companies, US, Inc.
Ryan Companies US Inc., a nationally recognized developer, design-builder and real estate manager, has specialized in fully integrated solutions for more than 70 years. Ryan builds lasting relationships with a project delivery model based on full-service customized solutions and total collaboration – pairing the customer’s needs and expectations with the talents of a team of developers, financiers, architects, engineers, constructors and property managers. In addition to its Minneapolis office, Ryan has offices in Chicago, Phoenix, San Diego, Tampa, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Des Moines, Iowa. Ryan was named the 2007 National Developer of the Year by the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP). For more information, visit www.ryancompanies.com.