The Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) and Great River Energy, one of its wholesale electric power providers, have dedicated the 2.25 MW Dickinson solar project in Minnesota. Located south of Buffalo, the 8,352-panel project was a collaborative effort between the two co-ops.
“Wright-Hennepin is a leader among all utilities – not just cooperatives – at pursuing solar energy,” said Great River Energy CEO David Saggau. “And they are doing it for the right reasons: their members.”
“The Dickinson solar project was built in response to members’ desire to have safe, reliable, affordable and increasingly clean energy,” added Tim Sullivan, president and CEO of WH. “We’re pleased to have worked with Great River Energy to bring utility-scale renewables to our membership.”
According to the partners, the project is sited on a 13-acre site already owned by Great River Energy, so construction did not affect or harm any farmland or wooded areas. The project’s principal contractor was Energy Concepts of Hudson, Wis., and construction began in March.
Both cooperatives have experience with constructing and generating solar energy. Great River Energy completed a 250 kW solar project at its headquarters, as well as 19 smaller arrays across its membership. WH has built three community solar projects – with a fourth planned for later this year – as well as two arrays for the City of Rockford.