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Xcel Energy Sherco Solar Project


Project Docket Details

Docket No E-002/TL-21-189, E-002/TL-21-190, E-002/GS-21-191
Project name Xcel Energy Sherco Solar Project
Applicant Xcel Energy
Description Northern States Power Company, doing business as Xcel Energy is proposing to construct an up to 460-megawatt solar project and two 345 kilovolt transmission lines to interconnect the Solar Project to the grid. As proposed, the West high voltage transmission line (HVTL) is approximately 3.2 miles long and the East HVTL line is approximately 1.7 miles long; both HVTL lines connect the Solar Project to the existing Sherburne County Substation. The Solar Project will partially replace energy production of the Sherco Generating Plant Unit 2, currently a coal-powered facility, which will cease operations in 2023.
Location Sherburne County
Contact William Cole Storm
bill.storm@state.mn.us
651.539.1844
Status
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Project Summary

Xcel Energy proposes to construct the Solar Project, a solar energy conversion facility with an up to 460-MW alternating current nameplate capacity, in Sherburne County, Minnesota. The Solar Project will partially replace energy production of the nearly 700 MW Sherco Generating Plant Unit 2, currently a coal-powered facility, the retiring of which in 2023 was approved by the Commission in October 2016.1 The Solar Project is located within agricultural fields between U.S. Highway 10 and the Mississippi River, and on the east and west sides of the existing Sherco Generating Plant.

The Project represents a joint development between Xcel Energy and National Grid Renewables Development, LLC (NG Renewables).

Key Project Documents

Date Title Description
09/20/2021 Comments made or submitted at the Public Information - EA Scoping meeting and comment period for the Sherco Solar Project Commission staff and EERA staff jointly held a Public Information and EA Scoping meeting at the Becker High School in Becker on August 31, 2021. The purpose of the meeting was to provide information to the public about the proposed Project, to answer questions, and to allow the public an opportunity to suggest alternatives and impacts (i.e., scope) that should be considered during preparation of the environmental review document. A court reporter was present at the meeting to document oral statements.
08/24/2021 Public Information - EA Scoping Meeting Materials, Sherco Solar Project Power Point and hand outs
08/11/2021 Commission Order - Application Acceptance, Sherco Solar Project ORDER ACCEPTING APPLICATION AS COMPLETE AND AUTHORIZING USE OF THE ALTERNATIVE REVIEW PROCESS
04/22/2021 Site and HVTL Route Permit Application - Sherco Solar Project Northern States Power Company, doing business as Xcel Energy is proposing to construct an up to 460-megawatt solar project and two 345 kilovolt transmission lines to interconnect the Solar Project to the grid. As proposed, the West high voltage transmission line (HVTL) is approximately 3.2 miles long and the East HVTL line is approximately 1.7 miles long; both HVTL lines connect the Solar Project to the existing Sherburne County Substation. The Solar Project will partially replace energy production of the Sherco Generating Plant Unit 2, currently a coal-powered facility, which will cease operations in 2023.

Project Documents