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June 10, 2014

Mankato OKs solar farm for Good Counsel

MANKATO — A solar farm to be built by the School Sisters of Notre Dame has received final approval from the Mankato City Council.

The project is to be built on a nearly five-acre plot of land atop Thompson Ravine and visible from Highway 14.

State regulators earlier approved a $900,000 grant from the Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund for the $1.8 million project.

The array will be at the intersection of Highway 14 and Victory Drive North, just west of the Kwik Trip at Victory and Raintree Road. It will be on Good Counsel's land, east of the main campus.

At nearly 1 megawatt (907 kilowatts), the project will power about 115 homes. Compared to existing solar farms in the state, it would be among the biggest with the largest being a 2-megawatt array near Slayton. But several significantly larger solar projects are slated for construction, including several proposed by Geronimo Energy that would include a 5.5-megawatt project near Eagle Lake.


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