Minnesota state regulators have approved a 10-MW solar installation at Camp Ripley, a National Guard base near Little Falls, Minnesota.
The state’s Public Utilities Commission unanimously voted to allow Minnesota Power to develop the project, which reduces Camp Ripley’s energy usage and helps the utility meet one-third of its requirement under the Minnesota’s Solar Energy Standard.
The $30 million project will utilize about 80 acres of the Guard’s 53,000-acre base and feature 120,000 thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) panels made by First Solar. M+W Group will build the array and Hunt Electric is a primary subcontractor.
Construction is expected to start in May with the array generating power by November.