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Xcel Energy respectfully submits this Permit Application to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for a Site Permit pursuant to the Minnesota Power Plant Siting Act (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 216E) and Minnesota Administrative Rules Chapter 7850 and two Route Permits pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 216E and Minn. R. Ch. 7850. Pursuant to Minn. R. 7850.1600 Xcel Energy has elected to apply for both a site permit and the two route permits for the West and East HVTL lines needed to interconnect the Solar Project in one application and as part of one proceeding before the Commission.

APPLICATION

Cover Letter

Site and HVTL Route Permit Application (Text and Tables)

FIGURES

Figure 1 Overall Project Location

Figure 2 Solar Project Location

Figure 3a Solar Project Area and Solar Project Footprint

Figure 3b Solar Project Area and Solar Project Footprint

Figures 4a Preliminary Project Layout (West Block)

Figure 4b Preliminary Project Layout (East Block)

Figures 5a through 5r Detailed Preliminary Project Layout

Figure 6 Zoning Map

Figure 7 West HVTL Route Map

Figure 8 East HVTL Route Map

Figure 9a through 9d Existing Infrastructure and AADT

Figure 10 Recreation Map

Figure 11 Land Use/Land Cover Map

Figure 12 Soils Map

Figure 13a through 13d Water Resources Map

APPENDICES

Appendix A Completeness Checklists

Appendix B Project Schedule, Costs, and Future Expansion

Appendix C Agency Correspondence (1/3)

Appendix C Agency Correspondence (2/3)

Appendix D Landowner Lists

Appendix E Site Plan (1/7)

Appendix E Site Plan (2/7)

Appendix E Site Plan (3/7)

Appendix E Site Plan (4/7)

Appendix E Site Plan (5/7)

Appendix E Site Plan (6/7)

Appendix E Site Plan (7/7)

Appendix F Agricultural Impact Mitigation Plan

Appendix G Vegetation Management Plan (1/9)

Appendix G Vegetation Management Plan (2/9)

Appendix G Vegetation Management Plan (3/9)

Appendix G Vegetation Management Plan (4/9)

Appendix G Vegetation Management Plan (5/9)

Appendix G Vegetation Management Plan (6/9)

Appendix G Vegetation Management Plan (7/9)

Appendix G Vegetation Management Plan (8/9)

Appendix G Vegetation Management Plan (9/9)

Appendix H Decommissioning Plan

Appendix I Typical Transmission Structures

Appendix J Phase 1 Survey Reports and Natural Heritage Information Request (1/2)

Appendix J Phase 1 Survey Reports and Natural Heritage Information Request (2/2)

Appendix K Soils Map and Characteristics