Minnesota-based commercial solar developer Dragonfly Solar and SolarWorld have partnered to deliver a 517 kW solar array to four electric utility cooperatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The solar array will be owned and managed by Minnesota-Three, an entity jointly owned by Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services, People's Energy Cooperative and Tri-County Cooperative – all utility cooperatives whose member-owners have joined forces to curb energy costs. Dairyland Power of La Crosse, Wis., has signed an agreement to purchase the solar array's renewable energy output.
The solar facility will incorporate over 1,800 of SolarWorld's panels. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring in Oronoco, Minn. Upon completion, the array will be interconnected to People's Energy Cooperative's power delivery system.
The project was funded in part by one of the largest solar photovoltaic grants awarded in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Energy for America Program.