North Star Solar

Size: 100 MW (AC)

Location: Chisago County, MN

Distinguishing Features

  • Selected by Northern States Power (Xcel Energy), through a competitive bid process as one of the most cost effective solar projects in Minnesota
  • Utilizes linear tracking technology to maximize energy production, particularly during summer afternoons when electricity demand is highest

The 100 MW (AC) North Star Solar Project is located in Chisago County, Minnesota – approximately four miles southeast of North Branch, MN. The project will connect to the grid at the Chisago Substation, a point of significant transmission infrastructure and strong electrical ties to Xcel Energy load. The North Star Solar Project provides Xcel Energy with a cost-effective and efficient solution to meeting their 1.5 percent solar energy requirement in Minnesota. The Project has been approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and construction is expected in 2016. Upon completion, the North Star Solar Project will be the largest solar energy facility in the Midwest, producing enough energy to power approximately 20,000 homes.

North Star Solar achieved commercial operation in 2017.