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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 IP6943/GS-15-33
Project name North Star Solar Generation and Transmission Project
Applicant North Star Solar PV, LLC
Description North Star Solar PV, LLC is filing a Joint Application for a 100 MW solar generating plant site permit and connecting 115 kV transmission line route permit in Chisago County
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission; Power plants
Location Chisago County; Chisago County -- Lent Township; Chisago County -- North Branch City; Chisago County -- Sunrise Township
Docket created: January 29, 2015
Contacts: David Birkholz, 651-539-1838, Environmental Review Manager.
Status:
 
04-27-2015
Application accepted
 
04-30-2015
Public meeting
 
06-24-2015
Scoping decision
 
09-24-2015
Environmental document available
 
10-7-2015
Public hearing
 
02-16-2016
Permit issued
 
04-6-2016
Permit Amended
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 15-33
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

North Star Solar PV, LLC (North Star) proposes to construct a 100 MW photovoltaic solar energy generating facility and associated systems near North Branch in Chisago County.  The Project includes constructing a one-half mile 115 kV transmission line to connect the Project with the grid at the Chisago Substation. The Project is expected to be in operation before the end of 2016.

Pursuant to 2014 Session Laws, Chapter 254, the Applicant is eligible to seek approval for the Project under the Alternative Review Process detailed in Minn. Statute 216E.04 and Minn. Rule 7850.2800-3900.

North Star is filing a Joint Application for a site permit and a route permit as allowed under Minn. Rule 7850.1600.

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
02/16/16 Site and Route Permits for 100 MW North Star Solar Generation Project in Chisago County | document details
The Commission has issued permits to North Star Solar PV, LLC for up to 100 MW of Solar Generation and a 115 kV line to connect the Project to the grid
09/24/15 Environmental Assessment for the North Star Solar Project
EERA has released the Environmental Assessment for the 100 MW North Star Solar Generation and 115 kV High Voltage Transmission Line Project in Chisago County
04/29/15 Addendum to the Application for a 100 MW Solar Generating System
North Star Solar PV, LLC has filed an Addendum adding a 10-Acre parcel to its Joint Application for the North Star Solar Electric Power Generating Plant and 115 kV High Voltage Transmission Line
02/11/15 Joint Application for a 100 MW Solar Site Permit and a 115 kV Route Permit
North Star Solar PV, LLC has filed a Joint Application for the North Star Solar Electric Power Generating Plant and the North Star 115 kV High Voltage Transmission Line
File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
04/06/16 Order Denying Reconsideration | document details
The Commission released its Order denying the Petition for Reconsideration and modifying certain provisions and conditions of the Site Permit
02/16/16 Site and Route Permits for 100 MW North Star Solar Generation Project in Chisago County | document details
The Commission has issued permits to North Star Solar PV, LLC for up to 100 MW of Solar Generation and a 115 kV line to connect the Project to the grid
12/16/15 Administrative Law Judge Report for the North Star Solar Project | document details
The ALJ released Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Recommendations to the Commission to authorize the 100 MW North Star Solar Generation and 115 kV Transmission Project, given noted conditions.
11/16/15 Technical Analysis and Proposed Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Recommendations for the North Star Solar Project | document details
DOC EERA has filed responses to comments on the EA, technical analysis and reply comments, and edits to the Applicant's proposed FOF for the North Star 100 MW Solar Generation and 115 kV Transmission Line Project
09/24/15 Notice of Availability of the North Star Solar Project EA | document details
EERA has released the Environmental Assessment for the 100 MW North Star Solar Generation and 115 kV High Voltage Transmission Line Project in Chisago County
09/24/15 Environmental Assessment for the North Star Solar Project
EERA has released the Environmental Assessment for the 100 MW North Star Solar Generation and 115 kV High Voltage Transmission Line Project in Chisago County
09/16/15 Public Hearing Notice for the 100 MW North Star Solar PV Project in Chisago County | document details
A Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. in North Branch on October 7, 2015, concerning Site and Route Permits for the Project. A comment period will be open through Wednesay, October 21, 2015
06/29/15 Notice of Environmental Assessment Scoping Decision for the North Star Solar Generation and Transmission Project | document details
The Department of Commerce Deputy Commissioner issued his Scoping Decision for the EA. The EA will review the Applicant's proposed site and route, but will not include review of any alternative sites or routes
06/24/15 Environmental Assessment Scoping Decision for the North Star Solar Generation and Transmission Project | document details
The Department of Commerce Deputy Commissioner issued this Scoping Decision for the North Star Solar 100 MW Generation and 115 kV Transmission Project EA. The EA will review the Applicant's proposed site and route, but will not include review of any alternative sites or routes
06/04/15 Comments to the Commission on the Scoping Process for the North Star Solar 100 MW Generation and 115 kV Transmission Project | document details
EERA forwarded comments to the Commission on the scoping process and comments; including its recommendation to include an alternative site for consideration in the EA
05/19/15 Public Comments on the Scope of the Environmental Assessment for the North Star Project
EERA has compiled the comments received during the public comment period ending May 15, 2015. EERA will review these comments in developing the scope of the EA for the 100 MW solar generation and transmission project
05/12/15 Record of Comments at Public Information and Scoping Meeting on April 30, 2015 for North Star Solar Project | document details
The record of comments is now available and posted here and on eDockets for review. The deadline for public comment on the scope of the Environmental Assessment is May 15, 2015
04/29/15 Addendum to the Application for a 100 MW Solar Generating System
North Star Solar PV, LLC has filed an Addendum adding a 10-Acre parcel to its Joint Application for the North Star Solar Electric Power Generating Plant and 115 kV High Voltage Transmission Line
04/27/15 Commission Order Accepting North Star 100 MW Solar Project Joint Site and Route Application as Complete | document details
The Commission accepted the Application as substantially complete and authorized review under the alternative permitting process under Minn. Statute 216E.04 and Minn. Rule 7850.2800 to 7850.3900
04/10/15 North Star Solar Public Information and Scoping Meeting Notice | document details
The Commission and EERA are hosting a public information and scoping meeting in Lent Township, Chisago County on April 30, 2015. Comments on the scope of the Environmental Assessment can be sent to EERA through May 15, 2015
03/04/15 Comments and Recommendations on Application Completeness for the North Star Solar 100 MW Generation and 115 kV Transmission Project | document details
EERA recommends the Public Utilities Commission find the combined site and route permit application for the North Star Project as substantially complete
02/11/15 Joint Application for a 100 MW Solar Site Permit and a 115 kV Route Permit
North Star Solar PV, LLC has filed a Joint Application for the North Star Solar Electric Power Generating Plant and the North Star 115 kV High Voltage Transmission Line

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