Developers hope to build solar sound barrier wall in Lino Lakes

June 04, 2019 11:42 AM

It may be the first of its kind project in the United States. 

Developers want to use solar panels as a sound barrier along Interstate 35E in Lino Lakes.


The barrier would be about a quarter of a mile long and will help power 32 future homes to be built along the interstate. 

"They are part of our test process to measure the sound abatement, to measure the amount of energy which we are actually able to collect," Gary Gustafson with RAEnergy.US said.

The proposed development along I-35 is an indicator of the growth that part of the metro is experiencing.

Developers are launching a crowdfunding campaign to help pay the cost for the $1.5 million project

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If they get approval from the city of Lino Lakes, the solar sound barrier wall could be built by this fall. 

The Lino Lakes development director told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS because the city has yet to receive an application to install the sound barrier, they had no comment on it.

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