Community skeptical as power company takes over solar-plus-storage project – Energy News Network

A Minnesota power wholesaler threatened to stop a community solar project — then vowed to double its size.

The backers of a northern Minnesota community solar-plus-storage project are wary about the sudden involvement of their municipal utility’s power wholesaler.

The Itasca Clean Energy Team, a citizens group in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, has been working with the city’s municipal utility for more than two years on a plan to build a 1-megawatt community solar array complimented by a 2-megawatt-hour battery.

Grand Rapids Public Utilities concluded the project could save it more than $6 million over two decades and was prepared to move forward late last year when it received a legal threat from Minnesota Power, which supplies its electricity.


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