The clean energy revolution took a big step forward this week when Connexus Energy switched on Minnesota's first major project to pair solar cells with battery storage. Minneapolis - Xcel Energy has signed a long-term contract with Con Nexus Energy to install a 1,000 megawatt solar power plant (MW) at its St. Paul substation.
The Connexus project draws energy from the solar cells and is absorbed by batteries. At a location in Athens Township Ramsey, the electric cooperative will capture solar energy and store it in batteries that it can use in the future.
It makes solar energy not only profitable, but also cheaper for everyone else. Instead of paying for the cost of adding new appliances to your home, such as solar panels, you can opt for greener electricity through our Clean Energy Choice program. We also offer you the option of installing a new solar thermal system that can reduce your water and heating costs by up to 80%. To make an appointment for solar panel installation at your local Anoka County Electric Cooperative, contact us today at 1-888-370-6924.
If you are still interested in buying your own green devices, check out our distributed solar program to get more information about adding solar panels to your home or business. Anyone who wants to install a solar system of all kinds that produces electricity on their property can get financing from the Centre for Energy and the Environment. It can take years to get your investment back, but it has proven to be a profitable business that saves you energy costs.
The plan is to have 275 megawatts, spread over several renewable energy projects. With a combination of supply rebates and new technology, solar power continues to become a viable alternative to coal, natural gas, and nuclear power. The improved cost outlook is partly due to two coal-fired power plants in Minnesota - fueled generators being shut down in the state and a plan to build a new gas-fired power plant in Minnesota, as well as new wind and solar projects in other states.
The NE has more than 27,000 solar panels, enough to produce 6 megawatts of solar power and enough wind power to power 6,700 homes. Even larger is a 30-megawatt battery, which is paired with a 100-megawatt solar plant in Arizona. Together, these sites could supply nearly 1,900 households with solar power, or enough electricity to power 1.5 million homes.
Engie, a French energy company, is developing the Connexus solar garden in collaboration with Florida-based NextEra Energy, which is responsible for the storage system. It is also developing a solar project in Arizona, while Florida's utility nextERA Energy is looking after storage systems. Engie and his company are developing solar projects in Florida, with Next Era energy, an energy storage company, as a partner.
Farmington solar power comes from two sites in Faribault, and the city expects to bring three more gardens to the grid by the end of the year. Solar cells will be installed at the two Connexus sites, and lithium-ion batteries are scheduled to arrive in October.
The batteries can store up to two hours of electricity at the same time, allowing Connexus to feed renewable energy into the grid on command. When stored energy is released from the Con Nexus system, it can be replaced by renewable electricity from other sources such as wind and solar.
Members of other utilities in Minnesota can also subscribe to community solar gardens that provide access to renewable energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar. Minnesota's widely dispersed solar garden is also an important part of the energy mix for its customers, helping to make their homes more energy efficient and sustainable.
Clay County is participating in a national program that provides funds to remove local barriers to solar energy. Through this program, Clay County is working to make it easier for residents and businesses to choose solar energy as their primary source of energy.
The program allows Xcel Energy customers to subscribe to a portion of the solar project performance and receive credits on their electricity bill for energy produced. Customers pay the solar project developer for the subscription and the electricity generated by the community's solar projects is supplied to X celcel through a combination of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal.
With the Clean Energy Choice Program, we now have the opportunity to expand our renewable energy mix to renewable energy with just a few extra dollars per month. Private customers pay for their help in converting a purchased power source into renewable energy such as wind, solar, geothermal or hydro.
Statistics show that solar thermal systems can reduce water and heating costs by up to 80%. According to Wikipedia, the cost of solar energy, including the impact of tax credits, is now half the cost of coal - electricity generated.