New St. Paul Saints stadium goes green with solar energy and water management

The new St. Paul Saints baseball stadium being constructed in downtown St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood will have eco-friendly attributes, city officials said.

The publicly subsidized $63 million stadium, which will open in May for the minor league team, will be a very green ballpark with heavy use of solar energy and water management.

The details, according to city officials:

  • Solar: 300 solar panels in the northeast portion of the ballpark will provide 12 percent of its power, mostly funded by a $555,750 grant from Xcel Energy. It will be, they say, “one of the largest onsite solar panel arrays at a major sports stadium in the nation, and will save an average of $22,400 in energy bills annually.”
  • A rainwater capture system: funded by grants form the Metropolitan Council and the Capitol Region Watershed District grant, it will capture rainwater from the roof of the nearby Green Line light rail maintenance building. The filtered water will be used to irrigate the field and operate some of the toilets, saving $1,600 in water bills annually. 

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