Renewable energy projects that won Xcel Energy grants

  • By: DAVE SHAFFER
  • Updated: January 24, 2014 - 5:11 PM

Twenty energy projects, mostly large solar power arrays, have been awarded $26.5 million in the latest round of grants from the Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund. The money comes from Xcel ratepayers under a 1994 compromise allowing Xcel’s nuclear waste to be stored in the state. Another $15.5 million in research-related grants also were approved, but are not listed. The grants were approved Thursday by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission based on recommendations from Xcel and an advisory panel.

 
ProjectLocationDescriptionEnergyOutput (kw)GrantProject cost
Bergey WindpowerCentral Minn.50 small wind turbines in Stearns, Benton, Meeker countiesWind500$1,106,600$3,191,745
St. John's Abbey/Best PowerCollegevilleExpand St. John's Abbey solar farmSolar198$172,213$414,033
Anoka Ramsey Community CollegeCoon RapidsSolar power/electric car charger, laboratorySolar458$828,900$1,825,976
Dragonfly SolarDodge CenterSolar array at existing wind farmSolar998$1,650,000$2,650,000
City of HutchinsonHutchinsonSolar project atop old landfillSolar402$958,369$1,742,489
School Sisters of Notre Dame/Best PowerMankatoSolar park with state's first high-voltage solar panelsSolar907$900,000$1,811,857
MN Renewable Energy SocietyMinn. or Wis.1 urban, 1 rural community solar projectsSolar1,000$2,661,320$4,036,420
Edison High SchoolMinneapolisSolar power with teaching componentSolar485$917,250$1,949,002
Minneapolis Park & Recreation BoardMinneapolis1 large, 5 smaller solar arrays at parksSolar200$969,741$1,119,133
Mondovi Energy SystemsMondovi, Wis.Biogas/electricity from various wastesBiomass2,000$2,000,000 $13,220,683
Metropolitan Airports CommissionMSP AirportSolar power atop parking ramp at Terminal 1Solar1,180$2,022,507$4,189,000
Cornerstone GroupRichfieldSolar at Lyndale Gardens redevelopment projectSolar152$310,310$705,250
Oak Leaf Energy Partners Ohio, LLCShakopeeSolar panels at Blue Water Wastewater Treatment plantSolar1,000$2,000,000 $2,864,810
Sanimax Industries/Green Energy PartnersSouth St. PaulBiogas/electricity from rendering plant wasteBiomass1,100$5,000,000$14,847,764
Innovative Power SystemsSt. PaulFive rooftop solar arrays on University Ave.Solar967$1,850,000$2,698,200
Target Corp.St. PaulTarget's first solar project, atop Midway storeSolar350$583,513$1,060,933
Goodwill SolarSt. PaulSolar power atop Goodwill headquartersSolar700$1,075,250$1,525,250
Aurora St. AnthonySt. PaulSolar atop new housing at former Old Home DairySolar252$398,000$911,798
City of St. PaulSt. PaulSolar panels at St. Paul Saints StadiumSolar105$555,750$741,000
FarmamericaWasecaWind/solar project with batterySolar/Wind120$600,000$600,000
Totals   13,074$26,559,723 $62,105,343
Source: Xcel Energy

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