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This webpage contains information and documents related to the permitting of this project by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Every project before the Commission has an electronic docket (eDocket), a file folder for all of the project's documents.

Documents for this project are listed below in the File Register, most recent documents first. To view the eDockets record for this project, click on the eDockets link below, or click on the eDockets tab in the File Register. A subset of the record, including key documents with descriptions, is available by clicking on the Energy Facilities tab in the File Register.

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Project Docket

Docket No E6928/GS-14-515
Project name Aurora Distributed Solar Project
Applicant Aurora Distributed Solar, LLC
Description Aurora Distributed Solar, LLC (Aurora) proposes to construct distributed photovoltaic (PV) solar generation systems and associted facilities totaling 100 MW (alternating current nameplate capacity), to be located at up to 24 locations in Minnesota.
Subjects Environmental policy; Power plants
Location Benton County; Blue Earth County; Carver County; Chippewa County; Chisago County; Dodge County; Goodhue County; Kandiyohi County; Le Sueur County; McLeod County; Pipestone County; Rice County; Stearns County; Waseca County; Washington County; Wright County
Docket created: July 09, 2014
Contacts: Suzanne Steinhauer, 651-539-1843, Environmental Review Manager.
Status:
 
09-9-2014
Public meeting
 
09-24-2014
Application accepted
 
12-4-2014
Scoping decision
 
01-30-2015
Environmental document available
 
02-24-2015
Public hearing
 
06-30-2015
Permit issued
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 14-515
Mailing list Contact the Public Utilies Commission at docketing.puc@state.mn.us or 651-201-2204 or 1-800-657-3782 to sign up.
Project Summary

The proposed Aurora distributed solar facilities range in size from 1.5 to 10 MW; each facility location would have a separate interconnection to an Xcel Energy distribution substation.  On July 9, 2014, Aurora submitted a site permit application seeking a site permit under the alternative review process of the Minnesota Power Plant Siting Act (Minn. Statute 216E). 

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
07/07/15 Commission Order Issuing Site Permit for Aurora Distributed Solar Project
Commission's Order Issuing a 30-year Site Permit for the Aurora Distributed Solar Project at up to 21 sites. Sites included in the permit are located in or near the cities of Albany, Annandale, Atwater, Brooten, Buffalo, Dodge Center, Faribault, Hastings, Lester Prairie, Mankato, Montevideo, Montrose, North Branch, Norwood Young America, Paynesville, Pine Island, Sauk Rapids, Scandia, St Peter, Taylors Falls, and Waseca
04/09/15 Administrative Law Judge Report on Aurora 100 MW Distributed Solar Project | document details
The administrative law judge's (ALJ) report for the project including findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations. The ALJ recommends that the Commission issue a site permit for the project and identifies conditions appropriate to the site permit
01/30/15 Environmental Assessment - Aurora Distributed Solar Project
DOC EERA prepared and issued an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Aurora Distributed Solar Project. The EA addresses potential human and environmental impacts of the project and possible mitigation measures
07/09/14 Aurora Distributed Solar Project: Application for a Site Permit
Aurora Distributed Solar, LLC's appication for a site permit for a 100 MW distributed solar photovoltaic project to be located at up to 24 sites in Benton, Blue Earth, Carver, Chippewa, Chisago, Dodge, Goodhue, Kandiyohi, Le Sueur, McLeod, Pipestone, Rice, Stearns, Waseca, Washington, and Wright counties
File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
12/31/15 EERA Review of Site Permit Compliance Filings for the Aurora Distributed Solar Project | document details
EERA letter to Commisison with review comments related to various compliance filings for the Project as a whole and site plans for the Atwater, Lake Emily, Lawrence Creek, and Montrose sites in particular
07/07/15 Commission Order Issuing Site Permit for Aurora Distributed Solar Project
Commission's Order Issuing a 30-year Site Permit for the Aurora Distributed Solar Project at up to 21 sites. Sites included in the permit are located in or near the cities of Albany, Annandale, Atwater, Brooten, Buffalo, Dodge Center, Faribault, Hastings, Lester Prairie, Mankato, Montevideo, Montrose, North Branch, Norwood Young America, Paynesville, Pine Island, Sauk Rapids, Scandia, St Peter, Taylors Falls, and Waseca
04/09/15 Administrative Law Judge Report on Aurora 100 MW Distributed Solar Project | document details
The administrative law judge's (ALJ) report for the project including findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations. The ALJ recommends that the Commission issue a site permit for the project and identifies conditions appropriate to the site permit
01/30/15 Environmental Assessment - Aurora Distributed Solar Project
DOC EERA prepared and issued an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Aurora Distributed Solar Project. The EA addresses potential human and environmental impacts of the project and possible mitigation measures
01/22/15 Notice of Public Hearing for the Aurora Distributed Solar Project | document details
Public hearings will be held during the week of February 9, 2015 in Chisago, Pipestone, Montevideo,Fairibault, Montrose and Paynesville on Aurora Distributed Solar, LLC's Application to the PUC for a Site Permit for the Aurora Distributed Solar Project. Public comments will be accepted by the administrative law judge through February 24, 2015
12/04/14 Environmental Assessment Scoping Decision for Aurora Distributed Solar Project | document details
Scoping Decision on alternatives and impacts to be considered in the Environmental Assessment (EA) to be prepared for Aurora Distributed Solar Project. The EA is anticipated to be availalbe by the end of January 2015 and will consider only those locations proposed by Aurora in its site permit application
10/14/14 Public Comments – Aurora Distributed Solar Project Environmental Assessment Scoping Comments
EERA staff held public information/scoping meetings regarding the Aurora Distributed Solar Project EA during the weeks of September 8 and 15, 2014. A public comment period coincided with these meetings, and was open from August 22, 2014 through September 30, 2014
08/25/14 Aurora Location Fact Sheets
2-page summaries of each location proposed by Aurora. Locations are arranged in alphabetical order, published in 2 parts.
08/22/14 Aurora Distributed Solar Project - Notice of Public Information and Environmental Assessment Scoping Meetings | document details
Public information and scoping meetings on the Aurora Distributed Solar Project to be held September 9, 10, 16, and 17 in Montrose, Lindstrom, Marshall, St. Paul, Paynesville, and Faribault. Scoping comments are due September 30, 2014
07/31/14 EERA staff comments and recommendations on completeness | document details
DOC EERA staff recommendations that the Commission find the application substantially complete upon submission of supplemental material summarizing each proposed facility location separately. EERA staff recommends direct solicitiation of scoping comments from local governments in lieu of an advisory task force
07/09/14 Aurora Distributed Solar Project: Application for a Site Permit
Aurora Distributed Solar, LLC's appication for a site permit for a 100 MW distributed solar photovoltaic project to be located at up to 24 sites in Benton, Blue Earth, Carver, Chippewa, Chisago, Dodge, Goodhue, Kandiyohi, Le Sueur, McLeod, Pipestone, Rice, Stearns, Waseca, Washington, and Wright counties

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