Minnesota's largest solar installation begins producing electricity

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 6, 2013 - 8:25 PM

A new system built near Slayton, Minn., with more than 7,000 solar panels is part of the boom in solar installations in Minnesota and across the United States.

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fdrebinJan. 6, 13 7:16 PM

Uhh, two mwgawatts when, exactly? I know one thing, there are ZERO megawatts during darkness, and far less that nameplate values when it is overcast. So why would Excel do this, knowing it is the most expensive and least reliable form of "renewable" energy? Because it is subsidized by a charge on our utility bills due to the ridiculous Minnesota 2025 energy standards rule. The bottom line is, the more of this waste our utilities MUST provide, the higher your bills are goimg to be. How many of you wish to rely on solar energy in Minnesota in the winter when there are less than 10 hours of daylite and cloud cover about 50% of the time Hmmm?

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thehoffersJan. 6, 13 7:52 PM

They used arable land... food producing land to support this? Good thing we used land that couldn't have been useful for anything better than food production.

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ranger78Jan. 6, 13 8:03 PM

Well that's nice. But the power companies are required to have equal amount of power in back up because solar (and wind) are not reliable. Which means gas or coal. So the net result is what exactly?

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thankbhoJan. 6, 13 8:37 PM

Considering the lost agricultural monies lost, this little beauty should pay for itself in a short 50 years if there is absolutely no maintenance required. This is forward thinking, people. Oh, and be sure to pray for no hail for a few decades.

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bblheadJan. 6, 13 8:45 PM

How many tax dollars in this boondoggle? This would be better suited for Arizona - they have a lot of sun there.

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jbpaperJan. 6, 13 9:02 PM

It cost $7 million dollars to build and puts out enough power to supply electricity to 250 homes. That comes out to only $28,000 per home. What a deal! With the amount I use it will bring in enough money, minus other costs, to pay for itself in only 34 years.

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waitforitJan. 6, 13 9:05 PM

We need to let the free market decide just like we did with the Interstate Highway System.

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bgronniJan. 6, 13 9:09 PM

jbpaper, it makes sense if you use liberal math.

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palsarJan. 6, 13 9:24 PM

7 1/2 football field sized solar aray to supply power to 250 homes. Doesn't seem like a good use of farm land.

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Jakein08Jan. 6, 13 9:31 PM

It will be interesting to see what the one-year study shows. amazing how big the systems are in Az and Ca.

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