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Aurora Distributed Solar Project

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.
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
Contact Suzanne Steinhauer
  • 2014-09-09: Public meeting
  • 2014-09-24: Application accepted
  • 2014-12-04: Scoping decision
  • 2015-01-30: Environmental document available
  • 2015-02-24: Public hearing
  • 2015-06-30: Permit issued
  • Upcoming: Project built
  • Upcoming: Docket closed
eDockets 14-515

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). 

Key Project Documents

Date Title Description
07/07/2015 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
04/09/2015 Administrative Law Judge Report on Aurora 100 MW Distributed Solar Project 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
01/30/2015 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
07/09/2014 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

Project Documents