Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Projects on State Park, Trail, and Forest Facilities

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$300,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$350,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$800,240
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$501,000
Source: 
Parks & Trails Fund
Status: 
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2009
Counties Affected: 
Statewide
Project Details:
2013 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2011, First Special Session, Ch. 6, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(3)
Appropriation Language 
Sec. 3. Department of Natural Resources (a)$14,262,000 the first year and $14,603,000 the second year are for state parks, recreation areas, and trails to: (1)Connect people to the outdoors; (2)Acquire land and create opportunities; (3)Maintain existing holdings; and (4)Improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$300,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
The Parks and Trails Division had a goal of completing four renewable energy or energy conservation projects in FY13.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
During FY13, the Parks and Trails Division installed 6 solar arrays at its state parks.
Project Details:
2012 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2011, First Special Session, Ch. 6, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(3)
Appropriation Language 
Sec. 3. Department of Natural Resources (a)$14,262,000 the first year and $14,603,000 the second year are for state parks, recreation areas, and trails to: (1)Connect people to the outdoors; (2)Acquire land and create opportunities; (3)Maintain existing holdings; and (4)Improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$350,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
The Parks and Trails Division has a goal of completing four renewable energy or energy conservation projects in FY12.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
During FY12, the Parks and Trails Division installed 5 solar arrays at its state parks.
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 3, Sec. 2(3)
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$800,240
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
The Parks and Trails Division has a goal of completing four renewable energy or energy conservation projects in FY11.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
During FY11, the Parks and Trails Division installed 3 solar arrays at its state parks.
Project Details:
2010 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 3, Sec. 2(3)
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$501,000

Project Overview

This project works to reduce energy consumption and model renewable energy methods on state park, state recreation area, state forest and trail facilities. The DNR Parks and Trails Division is working to increase the use of energy conservation and renewable energy technologies.

About the Issue

Installing renewable energy and energy conservation projects at DNR park, forest and trail facilities provides a great opportunity to educate visitors, including many school groups, about renewable energy and energy conservation. Projects help meet state and DNR energy goals along with reducing operating costs.

Project Manager

Stan
Linnell
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN
55155
651-259-5626