You may not even know it’s there. …and that’s a big part of why the Slayton Solar Array is so appealing.
Solar installations are up dramatically in Minnesota and across the United States. In Minnesota, twice as much solar capacity was installed in 2012 compared with the prior year, as more than 250 projects, large and small, went online, state data shows.
“There was no celebration, but it is nice to get these things running,” said Chris Little, director of development for Ecos Energy, based in Minneapolis.
It is Minnesota’s largest photovoltaic solar project, as well as one of the largest of its kind in the upper midwest.
- The solar array is the largest in the state
- 2 megawatts of output (the equivalent of the power used by 250 homes)
- The project has 32 rows consisting of 7040 solar panels covering an area the size of 7 1/2 football fields on what once was a cornfield
Check out their time lapse video of of construction progress! slayton-video
Jack Hayes (Westwood Professional Services) and Brad Wilson (Ecos Energy) explain how it works…
Continuing research shows that solar and wind power tend to complement each other, based on the fact that wind is often strongest at night. Xcel Energy signed a 20-year power purchase agreement to buy energy from the system, and plans to study its production patterns over the next year to see how solar energy could be used to help meet demand during peak periods.
Read more: http://finance-commerce.com/2013/01/near-slayton-new-solar-energy-system-sets-a-record/#ixzz2ajkT448o
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Hats off to the community of Slayton! We appreciate your investment towards making our state green energy capable.