Minnesota Power to seek EPC bids for 10-MW solar project

Minnesota Power, a division of ALLETE Inc. (NYSE: ALE), is seeking experienced solar developers and EPC (Engineer Procure Construct) firms to submit prequalification applications in advance of a site-specific solar request for proposals expected to be released in January 2015 for a project to be in service late summer of 2016.

Minnesota Power said Dec. 2 that it is developing, in partnership with the Minnesota Army National Guard, a 10-MW utility scale solar project at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, Minn. This solar system will provide energy to Minnesota Power’s customers and provide additional resiliency to Minnesota’s largest military installation through innovative microgrid compatibility being incorporated into the requirements.

A copy of the prequalification form and additional details are available at www.mnpower.com/Environment/Solar. Prequalifications will be accepted up to Dec. 15.

Minnesota Power had announced on Aug. 27 that it and the National Guard will join forces to build this 10-MW solar project at Camp Ripley, the largest military base in Minnesota. Minnesota Power has been the energy provider to Camp Ripley for decades. The solar project envisioned by Minnesota Power and the Guard, subject to regulatory approval, would cover nearly 100 acres of underutilized government property at the camp with photovoltaic panels on racks.

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