Advisory: Key Hearing to Vote on Minnesota’s First Large-Scale Solar Project

Contact:

Alison Flowers, Sierra Club, 303-246-6297, alison.flowers@sierraclub.org

Kevin Reuther, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, 612-210-0211, kreuther@mncenter.org

 

Key Hearing to Vote on Minnesota’s First Large-Scale Solar Project

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to decide whether to allow Xcel Energy to replace the coal-fired power generation units at its Black Dog facility with solar power

Three months after a Minnesota judge ruled that Geronimo Energy’s solar bid was “the greatest value to Minnesota and Xcel Energy’s ratepayers,” the Public Utilities Commission will decide whether to choose the Edina-based solar company’s proposal to build 20 large solar power arrays across the state over several natural gas proposals. The Geronimo solar project would bring eight times more solar energy than is currently installed statewide, creating new high-skilled, high-wage jobs for Minnesotans.

In 2013, Minnesota established solar policies that will mean 34 times more installed solar capacity in 2020 than today. Clean energy, including solar, has bipartisan support in Minnesota, and the majority of state voters favor it. According to The Solar Foundation’s recent Minnesota district-level jobs report — Minnesota Solar Jobs Census — there were 864 solar workers in Minnesota in 2013, an increase of nearly 73 percent since the foundation last produced solar figures for 2012.

WHAT: Minnesota Public Utilities Commission meeting, vote on Geronimo Energy’s solar bid (agenda and live webcast)

WHEN: Thursday, March 27th, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Large Hearing Room, 121 7th Place East, Suite 350, Saint Paul, MN 55101-2147

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