January 11 (Renewables Now) - A solar park of 7 MW that will supply electricity to The Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) has started commercial operations, the agency said on Wednesday.
Situated in MMPA’s member community of Buffalo, the Buffalo Solar plant consists of over 25,000 photovoltaic (PV) modules and feeds power into Buffalo city’s power distribution network. Its entire output will be bought by the agency, thus helping it to meet the Minnesota Renewable Energy Standard for a 25% of renewable power share by 2025.
MMPA, whose management partner is Minneapolis-based Avant Energy, provides wholesale electricity to its member communities, which afterwards sell it to residential and business customers. Apart from the Buffalo solar park, it already has 122 MW of wind and 8 MW of bioenergy capacity in its portfolio, in addition to renewable power purchases from other utilities.