Renewable Energy
in Minnesota

The Marshall Solar Energy Project is a 62.25-megawatt photovoltaic solar energy generating facility located in Lyon County, Minnesota.

The Project is owned and operated by Marshall Solar, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC.

Marshall Solar, LLC will sell the electricity generated by the project to Northern States Power under a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement.


Marshall Solar will begin commercial operation in January 2017.

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Why Solar? Why Now?

The State of Minnesota's Public Utilities Commission (Commission) passed a rule requiring utilities to increase the diversity of their power generation to include a certain amount of solar energy - specifically, each investor-owned utility work to ensure that 1.5% of its customers are served by solar energy by 2020 and 10% of its customers by 2030.

Marshall Solar, LLC, participated in a competitive bidding process by Northern States Power (NSP), an Xcel Energy subsidiary, in April 2014. NSP selected three projects which represented most competitive and beneficial projects - the Marshall Solar Energy Project was one of those three projects.

Marshall Solar, LLC started construction in May 2016, with commercial operations scheduled to begin in January 2017. To meet this construction schedule, Marshall Solar submitted an Application for a Site Permit to the Commission on March 4, 2015 and received a Site Permit on May 5, 2016.