On Thursday, Minnesota regulators approved a plan by Xcel Energy to more than double the amount of wind and solar which it procures over the next 15 years, to reach 1.4 GW of solar and 1.8 GW of wind by 2030. This will include projects which Xcel either owns or buys power from through long-term contracts.
In the shorter term, Xcels Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) states that the utility expects to procure at least 650 MW of solar by 2021 through the states community solar program or other cost-effective solar. Minnesota set ambitious plans for its community solar program in 2013 but progress has been slow, with advocates blaming Xcels interconnection process. Regardless, over 100 MW of projects are now under construction.
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