Largest solar PV project owned by Minnesota Co-ops now complete; 2.25 MW in Buffalo

A dedication event at the solar PV array’s location south of Buffalo was held with both cooperatives
A dedication event at the solar PV array’s location south of Buffalo was held with both cooperatives

The largest photovoltaic (PV) array in Minnesota owned by electric cooperatives is now generating solar power for members of Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH).

The Dickinson Solar project consists of 8,352 PV panels on a 13-acre site in Buffalo already owned by Great River Energy. The project’s principal contractor was Energy Concepts of Hudson, Wisconsin. Construction began in March 2016, and the project became operational in August.

The PV project is a collaborative effort between WH and Maple Grove-based Great River Energy, one of its wholesale electric power providers, and brings an additional 2.25 megawatts of renewable energy onto the grid.

A dedication event was held Friday, September 16th, 2016 at the solar array’s location south of Buffalo with both cooperatives’ CEOs in attendance, as well as Minnesota Rural Electric Association President & CEO Darrick Moe and Bill Grant, deputy commissioner of energy and telecommunications for the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

 

Second largest solar PV installation in Minnesota to date

“The Dickinson solar project was built in response to members' desire to have safe, reliable, affordable and increasingly clean energy,” said Tim Sullivan, president and CEO of WH.

“The Dickinson Solar Project being dedicated today is the second largest solar installation in Minnesota to date,” added Grant.

Both cooperatives have experience with constructing and generating solar energy. Great River Energy completed a 250-kilowatt solar project at its headquarters, as well as 19 smaller arrays across its membership. WH has built three community solar projects, two arrays for the City of Rockford, and a fourth community solar array is planned for later this year.

 

2016-09-23 | Courtesy: Great River Energy; Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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