Business and Residential Demand Strong for Affordable Community Solar in Minnesota
NRG Reaches Renewable Energy Agreements with Flagship
National Business Customers
PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 27, 2016--
NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG) today announced that its renewables business
has broken ground on its first five community solar projects in
Minnesota and reached agreements to subscribe several national business
customers to its solar farms in the state.
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NRG has broken ground on its first community solar sites in Minnesota. Pictured here: one of the company's existing sites in Freetown, Mass. (Photo: Business Wire)
“Across Minnesota we are hearing the same strong message from residents
and businesses alike: they want to be powered by affordable, renewable
energy,” said Drew Warshaw, Vice President, Community Solar, NRG.
“Community solar gives them that opportunity – a simple, cost-effective
path for residents and businesses to go solar without having to put
panels on their roofs.”
NRG’s commitment to developing community solar in Minnesota (the state
where NRG began operations in 1989) is moving forward with 25-year Solar
Subscription Agreements (SSAs) signed by more than 1,000 residents and
several large businesses in the state including:
U.S. Bank – the 5th largest commercial bank in the United
States, with six sites subscribed, including the iconic U.S. Bank
Plaza in Minneapolis;
Land O’Lakes – a national member-owned agricultural cooperative
based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb of Arden Hills, with its
corporate headquarters subscribing;
Macy’s – one of the nation’s premier retailers, with three of
its retail sites subscribing;
Ecolab – the global leader in water, hygiene and energy
technologies and services headquartered in St. Paul, with several
corporate facilities subscribing.
“We seek out partnerships that positively impact the environment and
participating in this unique community solar garden initiative is a
great example of that,” said Reba Dominski, senior vice president,
Corporate Social Responsibility at U.S. Bank. “We are proud to be a
subscriber along with Land O’Lakes, Macy’s, Ecolab and others, and
congratulate NRG for its leadership and investment in this important
work. We are excited to see the positive impact the gardens will have on
NRG’s renewables business has broken ground on five projects in
Minnesota that will provide clean energy:
Forest Lake Project in Washington County – 6.7 MW dc (5 MW ac);
Farmington Project in Dakota County – 6.1 MW dc (5 MW ac);
Pine Island Project in Goodhue County – 3.5 MW dc (2.9 MW ac);
Highway 14 Project in Olmstead County – 6.7 MW dc (5 MW ac);
Dodge Project in Dodge County – 6.1 MW dc (5 MW ac).
All of the projects are slated for completion by early 2017. The five
solar farms will serve both businesses and residential customers.
How it works: Business and residential customers in Minnesota
subscribe to an NRG community solar farm by signing a 25-year SSA.
Electricity generated at the solar farm goes to the local utility’s
grid. Customers then receive a bill credit from their utility — in this
case, Xcel Energy, Inc. — for their subscribed share of the electricity
produced by the community solar farm.
“We’d like to thank Xcel Energy, Governor Dayton and the State
Legislature for supporting this innovative community solar program,”
added NRG’s Drew Warshaw. “Their forward-thinking leadership – along
with that of our flagship customers in four Minnesota counties – is
paving the way for other states to follow suit.”
For more information on NRG’s community solar program in Minnesota, click
NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the
strength of the nation’s largest and most diverse competitive electric
generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform. A Fortune
200 company, NRG creates value through best in class operations,
reliable and efficient electric generation, and a retail platform
serving residential and commercial businesses. Working with electricity
customers, large and small, we continually innovate, embrace and
implement sustainable solutions for producing and managing energy. We
aim to be pioneers in developing smarter energy choices and delivering
exceptional service as our retail electricity providers serve almost 3
million residential and commercial customers throughout the country.
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Erik Linden, 609-524-4519