The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission rules in favor of solar as a cost-competitive energy source for Minnesota-based Xcel Energy. The 100 MW distributed solar project will use solar arrays ranging in size from 2 MW to 10 MW across Xcel's service territory.
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Community Energy announces that its 120 MW Comanche Solar project in Colorado will supply 120 MW of solar generation to Xcel Energy. The project, which will provide the bulk of solar power for the approved Xcel Energy Resource Plan, will be one of the largest in the U.S.
Xcel Energy submits a plan to add up to 150 MW of large-scale solar resources in its Upper Midwest service territory by the end of 2016. Minnesota legislation requires investor-owned utilities to acquire 1.5% of retail electricity sales from solar energy by 2020. Xcel is proposing that a significant portion of Minnesota’s solar standard be met through large-scale projects, which it says are more efficient and less expensive than rooftop solar and smaller distributed systems.
Amadeus Consulting purchases 100 solar panels in a solar garden to partially offset the energy consumption of each employee and reduce the company's electricity bill. The purchase represents 4.5% of Boulder’s first community-based solar garden, which is in Xcel Energy’s Colorado service area.
Citizens and solar installers fill a packed PUC hearing room in Denver on Monday, decrying Xcel’s proposals to gut net metering rates. Most cite climate change and pollution as the reasons we need to embrace solar.
As Colorado awaits important updates to its net energy metering rules this year, Glenn Vaad, a long-time public servant and member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is sworn in as Public Utilities Commissioner. The appointment is not without some controversy, but no one can predict the outcome of Febrary hearings on the matter, to be decided sometime mid-year. Declining soft costs could make net metering rates a moot point.
Solar gardens are becoming a big deal in Colorado, one of just a few states to have enacted solar garden legislation. Companies like Clean Energy Collective lead the way, with many projects in the works -- and that’s probably just the tip of the iceberg.
Industry members, homeowners, and concerned citizens rally outside Xcel Energy offices in Denver. Advocates deliver nearly 30,000 signed letters from community stakeholders who support current net metering policy. Xcel, meanwhile, champions damaging policy reforms for the residential solar market.
Investor-owned utility Xcel Energy’s latest electric resource plan for Colorado has been given the go-ahead, and it calls for a 170 MW addition of utility-scale solar by 2018. That would more than triple Xcel’s current solar capacity in the state. But this plan accompanies other recent Xcel proposals that threaten residential solar.
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