Minnesota Municipal Power Agency buys solar power

The Minnesota Municipal Power Agency has committed to purchasing 100 percent of the renewable power output from the Buffalo Solar facility.

The 7 MW utility-scale solar power facility, located in the agency’s member community of Buffalo, Minn., has entered commercial operation and is now providing power to local homes and businesses.

Joseph Steffel, Utilities Director for Buffalo Municipal Utilities said, “We are excited to have this renewable power generation asset in our community.”

The Buffalo Solar facility, comprised of more than 25,000 solar panels, connects directly to the City of Buffalo’s electric distribution system. Power from the facility will help MMPA meet the Minnesota Renewable Energy Standard, which requires 25 percent of the Agency’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2025.

Oncu Er, Senior Vice President for Avant Energy, MMPA’s management partner said, “We plan to continue to invest in both renewable energy projects and clean, efficient, natural gas generation projects to meet the future energy and capacity needs of our member communities.”

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