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City Buildings Powered by Geothermal Energy

Image: Arlington Hills Community Center


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The City of Saint Paul is committed to expanding the use of renewable energy as it works toward achieving carbon neutrality in municipal operations by 2030. The city is utilizing geothermal energy, when applicable, for low-carbon and energy-efficient heating and cooling at municipal buildings.

In 2014, the City installed a geothermal system at the Arlington Hills Community Center. To provide cooling at the 41,000 square foot facility, a geothermal heat pump loop serves three air handling units (AHUs) and three rooftop units (RTUs) with direct expansion (DX) cooling. A geothermal loop provides heat to 21 heat pumps and variable air volume systems (VAVs) are equipped with electric reheat. An electric boiler provides supplemental heat to the loop.

Geothermal Energy at Arlington Hills Community Center

The City of Saint Paul is incorporating geothermal energy systems into the design and construction of the new North End Community Center and Wakan Tipi Center.

North End Community Center Geothermal Field Installation

The City will also be transitioning to a geothermal system for two buildings at the Como Zoo & Conservatory campus in 2024-2025.

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  • Main contact person Cecilia Govrik
    Cecilia Govrik
    Energy Coordinator
    City of Saint Paul
Information updated 07/19/2024