Xcel Energy will buy power from the 100 MW-AC North Star Solar facility in Minnesota.
Regulators have approved the utility’s long-term plan, under which Xcel expects to buy power from around 650 MW of community solar by 2021.
In a filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York, the president of SoCore Energy discussed the nearly $80 million deal.
Mortenson Construction’s groundbreaking on the first in 11 MW of projects is part of a boom in community solar construction in the state, despite big delays in Xcel Energy’s interconnection process.
A bankruptcy court has approved the expedited auction of SunEdison projects with NRG as the “stalking horse” bidder, and NRG has separately announced the purchase of 26 C&I solar projects.
The Minnesota utility says that it will issue an RFP in coming weeks, to meet its obligations under Minnesota’s renewable energy policy.
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