Carver County Government Center Exterior Lighting Improvement


Carver County Government Center Exterior Lighting Improvement

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Resilient Communities Project (RCP), University of Minnesota




This project was completed as part of a year-long partnership between Carver County and the University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project ( Carver County has been exploring opportunities for renewable energy and energy efficiency in county government buildings. The Carver County Government Center in Chaska was a potential candidate for a renewable energy installation, specifically exterior solar lights. The goal of this project was to determine the feasibility and potential payback time for exterior solar lighting and other energy-efficient lighting systems at the Carver County Government Center. In collaboration with the county project lead, Nick Koktavy, a team of students in BBE 5733: Renewable Energy Technologies, examined three scenarios--conversion of exterior lights to LED, installation of solar-powered lights, and a combination of both LEDs and solar power--and concluded that installing LEDs alone was the most cost-effective solution. A final report and PowerPoint slides from the project are available.


Report and presentation completed by students enrolled in BBE 5733: Renewable Energy Technologies, taught by Dr. Min Addy in Fall 2015.

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This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota whose mission is to connect communities in Minnesota with U of MN faculty and students to advance local sustainability and resilience through collaborative, course-based projects. RCP is a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). More information at

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Damuth, Travis; Rooker, Olas; Berkaoui, Ghaya; Divani, Razieh; Tadros, Marco. (2015). Carver County Government Center Exterior Lighting Improvement. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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