The North Star Solar project in Chisago County just north of the Twin Cities comprises more than 440,000 solar panels on 1 ½ square miles of land. It’s expected to produce enough energy to power more than 20,000 homes, starting in December.
Swinerton Renewable Energy built the facility in about six months, after developers spent more than a year negotiating with landowners and acquiring needed permits. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in January approved the project that Pennsylvania-based Community Energy Solar owns and will operate.
“This project is part of our vision to bring utility-scale solar at a competitive price to Minnesota and the broader Midwest,” company President Eric Blank said in a statement. “We were drawn to Chisago County as a great combination of available land, welcoming communities and a strong interconnection point that is close to Minneapolis and St. Paul.”
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