Updated: 08/18/2014 10:50 PM
Created: 08/18/2014 5:59 PM KSTP.com
By: Josh Rosenthal
After a Monday vote, the Metropolitan Airports Commission can finalize plans with developers for what's being called the "Green Community Program."
It's a big deal, and one commissioners admit they hoped to keep under wraps.
Here's what we know: the program would start in the Terminal 1 parking garages at Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport. It would include new lighting, solar panels on the blue and red ramps and new electrical vehicle parking stations. Last week, when there weren't many more details available, John Abraham, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of St. Thomas already liked the idea.
"You pay the bill now and then you recoup the benefit over years," he explained.
Now we've got the details: according to MAC Executive Vice President Dennis Probst, who agreed to speak with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS off-camera, the project will cost about $25 million. Probst says once the program is up and running, it'll pay for itself. He also claimed it would be the largest solar installation in the state.
So why not just tell us this on camera? Probst said the commission is planning a big media event to announce the plans in September, shortly after the agreement is finalized. He and the other commissioners are holding out until then.