NRG Energy, Inc. today announced that its renewables business has broken ground on its first five community solar projects in Minnesota and reached agreements to subscribe several national business customers to its solar farms in the state.
"Across Minnesota we are hearing the same strong message from residents and businesses alike: they want to be powered by affordable, renewable energy," said Drew Warshaw, Vice President, Community Solar, NRG. "Community solar gives them that opportunity – a simple, cost-effective path for residents and businesses to go solar without having to put panels on their roofs."
"We seek out partnerships that positively impact the environment and participating in this unique community solar garden initiative is a great example of that," said Reba Dominski, senior vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility at U.S. Bank. "We are proud to be a subscriber along with Land O'Lakes, Macy's, Ecolab and others, and congratulate NRG for its leadership and investment in this important work. We are excited to see the positive impact the gardens will have on our communities."
NRG's renewables business has broken ground on five projects in Minnesota that will provide clean energy:
- Forest Lake Project in Washington County – 6.7MW dc (5MW ac);
- Farmington Project in Dakota County – 6.1MW dc (5MW ac);
- Pine Island Project in Goodhue County – 3.5MW dc (2.9MW ac);
- Highway 14 Project in Olmstead County – 6.7MW dc (5MW ac);
- Dodge Project in Dodge County – 6.1MW dc (5MW ac).
All of the projects are slated for completion by early 2017. The five solar farms will serve both businesses and residential customers.
"We'd like to thank Xcel Energy, Governor Dayton and the State Legislature for supporting this innovative community solar program," added NRG's Drew Warshaw. "Their forward-thinking leadership – along with that of our flagship customers in four Minnesota counties – is paving the way for other states to follow suit."