Dakota Electric Association, based in Farmington, MN, last week held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new 2-megawatt solar facility to serve its rural members. NRTC’s solar partner ENGIE built the site in Hampton Township, MN, about 40 miles south of the Twin Cities. ENGIE will own and maintain it going forward on behalf of rural co-op members.
“We are pleased to provide this renewable energy resource to our members. This project will add to our existing wholesale renewable portfolio that includes wind, solar and hydro,” said Dakota Electric’s CEO Greg Miller, according to a press release.
ENGIE and Dakota Electric have been working together for about two years on the project. The facility they dedicated last week is the third site the two have opened. ENGIE plans to build a fourth site later this summer.
Several local dignitaries attended the July 19 ribbon cutting. After the ceremony, Andy Seward, a senior project manager for ENGIE (pictured) led a tour of the facility, showing those attending how the solar panels move automatically to follow the sun. The 7,776-panel facility will produce an estimated 3 million kilowatt-hours a year and serve about 300 homes.
NRTC is always on the lookout for cooperatives that could use ENGIE’s vast resources and expertise to help serve their members’ electricity needs. NRTC members who would like to explore solar opportunities should contact their regional business managers or leave us a message on our Contact page.