Xcel Energy customers receive renewable energy from Aurora solar park

16 sites make up project that can provide energy to more than 17,000 customers

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Construction is complete and the Aurora solar power plant is now delivering renewable energy to Xcel Energy customers.

The project can power, on average, more than 17,000 customers from energy generated at 16 sites throughout Minnesota, according to multinational energy corporation Enel S.p.A.

The 150 MWdc (100 MWac) Aurora solar photovoltaic plant represents an investment of about $290 million in Minnesota, states Enel. The company, through its unit Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGP-NA), built the 16 sites throughout the state. Xcel Energy will now purchase power from Aurora as part of a long-term deal to provide solar energy to its customers. EGP-NA unit Aurora Distributed Solar, LLC, owns the project.

“Xcel Energy is pleased that the Aurora solar project is now delivering clean, renewable energy to our customers and it plays a big role in our goal to be 63 percent carbon free by 2030,” said Chris Clark, president, Xcel Energy-Minnesota. “We are on a path that more than doubles wind and solar energy options for our customers, and as we've learned to effectively integrate wind on to our system, we look forward to doing the same with solar.”

In addition to the Aurora project, the North Star and Marshall solar projects have come online in the past year. Together, these projects can serve, on average, more than 58,000 Upper Midwest customers.

Xcel Energy’s ultimate goal is to have nearly 10 percent of our electricity generated from solar by 2030.

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