Minnesota Military Facility Goes Solar

by Ed Tsunoda

The Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota Power are partnering on a 10 megawatt solar array to power the state’s largest military training facility. The new solar array at Camp Ripley will sit on 100 acres north of Little Falls. It will be the largest solar installation on military property in Minnesota as well as the largest solar project on any National Guard base in the country.

It will be the largest solar installation on military property in Minnesota as well as the largest solar project on any National Guard base in the country.

Camp Ripley, a training facility that covers 53,000 acres, has plenty of space for the solar array. It also has a history of environmental stewardship and conservation, said Maj. John Donovan, a spokesman for the camp.

The project will help the Guard improve its energy security and independence, Donovan said, as well as providing a backup source of power generation for Camp Ripley in case of a problem with the electrical grid. He said the project could become a model for other Guard bases around the country.

On Wednesday, the Guard signed a memorandum of understanding with Minnesota Power outlining the project, which is expected to cost $25 million and be completed by 2016.

source: sctimes.com

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