NextEra’s Marshall Solar files EWG notice on Minnesota project

Marshall Solar LLC filed on May 9 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification of its status as an exempt wholesale generator.

Applicant is a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of ESI Energy LLC, which in turn is a wholly-owned direct subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources LLC, which is part of Florida-based NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE).

Marshall Solar will own and operate a photovoltaic facility with 62.25 MW aggregate nameplate capacity located in Lyon County, Minnesota. The facility will operate within the Midcontinent Independent System Operator balancing authority area, and interconnect with the grid owned by the Northern States Power subsidiary of Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL).

Incidentally, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on May 5 approved a site permit for this project. Said the commission order: “The 62.25 MW Marshall Solar Energy Project will be sited on approximately 515 acres of agricultural land four miles east of Marshall, Minnesota, in Lyon County. The project is part of a 187 MW solar portfolio that Xcel Energy selected at the end of a competitive bidding process designed to procure generation resources to help meet its obligations under Minnesota’s Solar Energy Standard. The project’s output will be delivered to Xcel under a 25-year power purchase agreement previously approved by the Commission.

“The project will interconnect to Xcel’s system at the Lyon County Substation, adjacent to the project site. Major components include (a) solar panel arrays, panels, and support structures; (b) an electrical collection system; (c) a step-up transformer/ substation; (d) an approximately 400-foot, 115 kV generation tie-line and utility interconnection; and (e) internal access roads.

“Marshall Solar anticipates beginning construction in early 2016 and commissioning the facility by December 2016.”

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