62-MW Marshall Solar project in Minnesota due for test start-up in August

Marshall Solar LLC applied June 3 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to make market-based sales of energy, capacity and certain ancillary services under a market-based rate tariff.

Marshall Solar will control and operate a photovoltaic facility with a nameplate capacity of about 62.25 MW located in Lyon County, Minnesota, within the Midcontinent ISO balancing authority area. Applicant has already submitted a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator to the commission.

The facility may start producing test energy as early as Aug. 2, 2016, said the company. The facility will interconnect with Northern States Power‘s transmission system. Marshall Solar has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Northern States Power, a unit of Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL), for 100% of the power produced by the facility, including the test energy. Commercial operations under the PPA are expected to start in December 2016 and the term of the PPA lasts until May 31, 2042.

Marshall Solar is part of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, which is a unit of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE). NextEra Energy Resources’ subsidiaries currently own or operate merchant generating facilities in 25 states and Canada with a combined net generating capacity of over 20,000 MW.

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