Chisago County is realizing several benefits from its solar gardens. Local landowners have put up over a dozen solar gardens and the County is also home to North Star Solar, which is a 440,000 panel, 1,100-acre power utility.
“This site we’re on today, in fact, powers about 20,000 typical homes, which means basically every home in Chisago County could be powered by this one power plant. In addition, however, it’s a great educational opportunity. So our school district, for instance, in Chisago Lakes has put solar on top of the roof. That becomes a living, learning classroom for our students to see, to feel and to touch solar power,” said Bruce Messelt, Chicago County administrator.