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Energy Updates

Mayor Dave Kleis Celebrates St. Cloud’s Energy Work and Announces New Energy Goals

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In 2015, the City of St. Cloud launched their energy efficiency and renewable energy work. The program allowed St. Cloud to meet their energy goals. Over 100% of the electrical demand required to provide City services is powered by renewable energy.  In 2021, the City utilized renewable energy sources for all 30 million kilowatt-hours of energy needed annually to provide city services. 

Since 2015, the City has saved over $6 million in reduced energy costs and over 94,000 metric tons of carbon emissions reductions due to energy efficiency work, renewable energy generation and community solar garden subscriptions. Annual energy savings are at $1.5 million and growing.  Reduced energy costs for city services provided keeps user rates and taxes low.

St. Cloud is now expanding our energy goals to cover the entire St. Cloud community. By 2028, the goal is to have all St. Cloud electrical energy use be carbon neutral, and by 2038, we aim to be carbon neutral for energy use and transportation. 

For more information on St. Cloud’s energy work and goals please contact Tracy Hodel, Public Services Director at 320-255-7225.  

St. Cloud in the News

Biofuel Recovery Project

 The St. Cloud Wastewater Treatment Facility has installed biofuel conditioning equipment and a generator, to convert biofuel to electricity. Heat produced by the generator is recovered and used to heat buildings and the digestion process.

 Biofuel to Electricity - How Does it Work?

 Organic wastes carry energy to the digestion process. The digestion process extracts this energy in the form of biofuel. The biofuel feeds boilers to heat buildings and an engine-driven generator to produce electricity. The biofuel harvesting project converts organic wastes to renewable energy.

City of Saint Cloud's Solar Energy Sites

Take a virtual tour of the City of St. Cloud's sources of solar energy. 

The City gets solar energy from solar arrays mounted on city-owned properties as well as community solar gardens. 

There are 7 city facilities with onsite solar panels, which produce over 1,000,000 kWh's annually. That's enough to power over 120 houses! St. Cloud is also subscribed to over 22,000,000 kWh's of energy from community solar gardens. 

Take the tour and explore the solar energy sites here.

Aerial Photo of the  St. Cloud Wastewater Treatment Facility and it's Solar Farm