28 Mar '14, 6pm

Minnesota PUC directs Xcell to pursue Aurora #Solar Project

The Minnesota Public Utility Commission (PUC) has ruled that Xcel Energy must incorporate Geronimo Energy’s proposal for an ambitious utility-scale distributed generation (DG) solar project in its power generation development plan. Betsy Engleking, vice president of Geronimo Energy, says the ruling directs Xcel Energy to negotiate a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the developer. "Subject to the commission’s approval of the PPA, Aurora Solar will go forward," she says. The Aurora Solar Project is a 100 MW DG solar power system that will incorporate up to 25 photovoltaic arrays ranging in size from 2 MW to 10 MW throughout 16 Minnesota counties. The project will interconnect to multiple Xcel Energy substations and will provide energy and capacity for the local distribution network. Engleking says the unique nature of the DG solar project could complicate the PPA negotiat...

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