Solar energy capacity in Minnesota continues to grow

Solar Energy Capacity - Minnesota

Solar energy capacity in Minnesota is growing at an unprecedented rate Minnesota’s solar energy capacity exploded last year, highlighting strong and unprecedented growth in the solar field. In 2010, the state had virtually no solar energy capacity. In 2015, however, this capacity reached 35 megawatts. At the end of 2016, Minnesota’s solar energy capacity skyrocketed to 250 megawatts. This has made the state one of the fastest growing solar markets in the country. Many energy developers have begun bringing their projects to the state in order to take advantage of…

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New large-scale solar energy system is taking form in New Mexico

Xcel Energy to purchase electricity from new solar energy system NextEra Energy, a prominent energy developer, will be building a new, large-scale solar energy system in New Mexico. The project costs an estimated $260 million and will span some 1,400 acres near Roswell. Once completed, the solar farm will be operated by five full-time employees, with electricity that the solar farm generates being purchased by Xcel Energy. The solar power system is estimated to generate enough electricity to power approximately 40,000 average homes. Company continues to look for renewable energy…

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North Dakota dedicated large wind energy system nearly 13 years in the making

State continues to show support for wind energy systems North Dakota has dedicated a large-scale wind energy system that has been in the making for approximately 12 years. The energy system is being developed by Xcel Energy and is located in the northern part of the state. The Xcel Energy Border Winds Farm is set to cover 30 square miles of farmland. The project currently employs 11 people and has a 150 megawatt capacity. This is enough electricity to power approximately 78,000 homes. Large-scale system will help North Dakota make…

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New solar energy project in Minnesota begins construction

Solar project begins construction after acquisition D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) has announced that it has successfully acquired a promising solar energy project in Minnesota. The project is the 100 megawatt North Star Solar Project, which had previously been under development by Community Energy. Following the acquisition, DESRI announced that construction on the solar project has begun. The project is expected to be completed and begin producing electrical power later this year. Project to generate enough electricity to power 20,000 homes Once completed, the North Star solar energy project will…

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Xcel to double its alternative energy efforts in Minnesota

The company has more wind energy compared to any other American utility. Xcel Energy, the U.S. electricity and natural gas utility, wants to increase the amount of electricity it receives from alternative energy sources in the Upper Midwest, specifically solar and wind energy, by more than two times the current amount. Xcel wants to further reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. In Minnesota, alone, the utility serves 1.2 energy customers. Xcel believes that by 2030 it can lower its greenhouse gas emission by 40%, if it expands its renewable energy efforts…

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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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New solar energy project takes root in Colorado

Xcel Energy wins contract to develop large-scale solar power plant in Pueblo County Xcel Energy, a leading energy company based in the U.S., has announced that it has received a contract from Community Energy. The contract involved the development of a new solar energy project that will be located in Pueblo County, Colorado. The project will be in close proximity to an existing solar power system that is being operated by Xcel Energy. The new project is expected to be the largest of its kind in Colorado, and is estimated…

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Colorado wind energy system reaches major milestone

Wind energy system attains another victory Xcel Energy, a leading wind energy company, has announced that its wind energy system in Colorado has reached a new milestone. Colorado has become something of an ideal home for wind energy projects, largely due to the support that the state government has shown for clean forms of energy. A great deal of effort has been made by Xcel Energy and similar companies to prove the merits of renewable energy. The new milestone may help add further momentum to the growing popularity of wind…

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Cost of solar energy drops significantly over the past several years

Solar energy is becoming less expensive When it comes to solar energy, or any form of clean power, cost is often a problematic subject. The cost of renewable energy is somewhat notorious. Those interested in embracing clean power, either for their homes or businesses, are immediately met with the massive costs associated with the purchasing of clean technologies as well as their installation. The perception that many people have concerning the cost of solar energy may be somewhat outdated, however. Xcel Energy unveils results of extensive bidding process Xcel Energy,…

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New wind energy system could take root in North Dakota

Xcel Energy seeks approval for fourth wind energy system in the state Xcel Energy, a leading wind energy developer, has announced plans to build its fourth wind farm in North Dakota. The company has been working to transform the Midwestern U.S. into a wind energy hub and has managed to find significant success in this endeavor. Much of this success is backed by the U.S. federal government, which has attributed a great deal of support to renewable energy in general and wind energy specifically. New wind farm could power 750,000…

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Xcel Energy looks to increase US wind energy capacity by 30%

Company has high hopes for wind energy Xcel Energy, one of the most prominent wind energy organizations in the U.S., has ambitious plans when it comes to expanding the country’s wind capacity. The company has announced plans to significantly increase the production of wind energy in the country in the coming years. The company will also be looking to make wind energy more accessible by reducing customer costs and introducing more protection against the rising prices associated with fossil-fuels. New projects to boost US wind capacity by 30% The company…

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Natural gas beginning to replace coal in the West

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Study details the slow rise of natural gas A recent report released by the Western Resources Advocates, a resource and environmental policy organization, shows that coal power is diminishing in the Western U.S. The report, titled “Descending from the Pollution Plateau,” notes that carbon emissions in the region have been on the decline for the first time in nearly 30 years. Researchers suggest that the dropping carbon emissions are due to the slow and steady retirement of coal-based energy systems. These systems are beginning to be replaced by natural gas.…

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