Solar-panel solution beats out fossil-fuel solutions in Minnesota energy project

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Solar-panel solution beats out fossil-fuel solutions in Minnesota energy project

Post by Ben Reilly on Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:12 am



A similar solar array going up in California is expected to power about 160,000 homes and create 400 jobs:

The largest-ever proposed solar project in Minnesota received a powerful legal boost Tuesday, when administrative law judge Eric Lipman recommended Geronimo Energy’s Aurora Solar Project above five other proposals that utility Xcel Energy submitted to state regulators as part of a competitive bidding process. The other projects considered were almost exclusively for new natural gas generators.

Xcel, one of Minnesota’s biggest utilities, needs to add an additional 550 megawatts of new electricity generation by 2020 to meet predicted rising energy demands. And solar, according to Lipman, is the best deal. The Geronimo proposal is for a 100-megawatt distributed solar project, with 20-25 sites in 18 counties. Each solar park would range from 2-10 megawatts. The largest of the Geronimo solar parks would be five times bigger than the state’s largest solar array in Slayton, Minnesota.

In his report, Lipman wrote that “The Geronimo project will have numerous socioeconomic benefits, minimal impacts on the environment and best supports Minnesota’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases.” He also called the Geronimo project “the most reasonable and prudent alternative to meet Xcel’s near-term needs.”

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/01/01/3109691/judge-says-solar-better-deal-minnesota/

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Post by Guest on Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:20 am

Ben, you will not believe it, but people are up in arms against 'solar farms' here. Even in this country they would generate a lot of power and the technology is getting better and better. But oh no, the 'not in my back yard' lot strike again!

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Post by Ben Reilly on Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:26 am

Good lord, what's the excuse this time? I remember a lot of the anti-wind farm crap, where suddenly people cared about birds getting killed (cars kill hundreds of times more) and thought they were "unsightly" ...

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Post by Lurker on Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:55 am

The oil and gas industry keep conspiracy theorists stirred up for their own interests. They are against anything good for the environment and don't want to give up their obscene profits for green energy. The lying propaganda they put out against green energy is ludicrous.

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