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Minnesota’s Largest Solar Energy Project Greenlighted

Jul 30, 2015 10:56AM

Minnesota State Regulators approved in May a site permit for what will become the state’s largest solar energy project. Geronimo Energy’s Aurora Project will build up to 210 solar generation facilities across the state to supply electricity to Xcel Energy customers.

Geronimo Energy is a utility-scale wind and solar energy developer based in Edina. Geronimo has developed several active wind farms and solar projects throughout the U.S.

The project aims to be a cost-effective means to supply Xcel Energy extra power on high-demand summer days. Geronimo plans to achieve this by installing solar panels that track the sun from east to west, capturing solar power late in the day when electricity demand rises.

Even more solar is coming to Minnesota under a 2013 solar energy law that requires investor-owned utilities like Xcel to get 1.5 percent of their electricity from the sun by 2020. Xcel has signed deals with three other energy developers to build large solar projects in the state.

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