Construction is underway at two sites of Minnesota’s largest solar project.

Source: By Carolyn Lange, Forum of Fargo-Moorhead • Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Aurora Solar Project, which is the first utility-scale distributed solar plant in the state, comprises 16 solar farms and a total direct current power capacity of 150 megawatts. Two of the farms, located in Paynesville and Atwater, are already on their way up. The Paynesville farm will be the largest of the project, with 15.23 MW of direct current power.

Enel Green Power North America Inc., the company behind the project, has stated that it will meet the power requirements of over 17,000 homes. The entire project will include 477,000 solar photovoltaic panels, with an annual generation of 121 million kilowatt-hours of energy.

The mayor of Atwater, Mark Olson, said, “I think it’s a great thing. We all realize we need to find alternative ways to find energy.”

The Aurora Solar Project, estimated at around $290 million, has been in the pipeline for several years and was approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in 2015. Construction began this spring