Information taken directly from http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/10/19/north-star-solar-project-north-branch/

The North Star Solar Project spans 1,000 acres near North Branch and is made up more than 440,000 solar panels. Officials say it will provide enough energy to power more than 20,000 homes.

The project was proposed after a Minnesota statute required public utilities to produce at least 1.5 percent of retail electricity from solar energy by 2020. In the long term, Xcel Energy plans to be 63 percent carbon-free by 2030.

Chris Clark, the president of Xcel Energy’s Upper Midwest division, says renewable energy is the nation’s future.

“We’re really excited,” he said. “This is the largest solar installation that we’ve interconnected to our system at over 100 megawatts. This is really part of our energy future.”

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In northern Bayfield County, Wisconsin, we would like to see Xcel Energy continue their path towards the “63 percent carbon-free by 2030” by investing in a hybrid system design incorporating solar and storage as a part of the Bayfield Second Circuit Transmission Project.

Read about another solar and storage project very similar to what we’ve proposed in Bayfield County:
https://www.utilitydive.com/news/aps-to-deploy-8-mwh-of-battery-storage-to-defer-transmission-investment/448965/

 

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