Solar power deal means more green energy in Minnesota

Xcel Energy Inc. signed deals with energy developers to build three large solar projects. The electricity and natural gas utility supplier said last week that it has made deals with three energy developers to build as many as three huge solar power farms in Minnesota located near Marshall, North Branch and Tracy, which will comply with a new renewable energy mandate in the state. The new solar energy developments could result in almost 200 MW of new power coming online by 2016. Xcel said in a filing with state regulators…

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Solar landfill turns unusable land into green energy

A 2 megawatt photovoltaic plant in Rutland Vermant is being constructed on a 9.5 acre closed landfill. Although some Rutland residents have been opposed to plans for building large photovoltaic (PV) systems in the region, as the concern is the large, ground-mount solar arrays will blemish Vermont’s pastoral landscape, Green Mountain Power’s 2 megawatt (MW) PV plant has been welcomed because it will be built on a closed landfill, effectively making it a solar landfill. Many cities and towns across the US are building solar farms on unusable land. The…

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