SMMPA Adds Large-Scale Solar To Power Supply Portfolio
May 05, 2016
SMMPA has signed an agreement with Lemond Solar Center, LLC, a subsidiary of Coronal Development Services, to buy all electricity generated over 20 years from a 5 MW solar photovoltaic array that will be built, owned and operated by Lemond Solar Center, LLC. The project will be sited on approximately 40 acres near Owatonna, one of SMMPA’s Member communities. Electricity from the Lemond Solar Center, planned to be operational by late June 2017 will be used by SMMPA as a general power resource.
“SMMPA and our Members have been looking forward to having a large stake in solar to expand our already significant renewable energy portfolio, and we thank everyone who worked hard on this project to get us to this point,” said Dave Geschwind, SMMPA’s Executive Director and CEO.
“Coronal is thrilled to partner with SMMPA and the Owatonna community on this exciting project,” added Ben J. Alingh, Senior Project Developer for Coronal Development Services. “We commend SMMPA for taking a leadership role on an energy procurement strategy that is both environmentally and economically sound.”
According to Coronal, once operational the Lemond Solar Center will produce enough electricity to meet the needs of approximately 775 homes per year. Coronal Development Services, LLC (CDS) is the solar development arm of Coronal Group, a renewable energy company backed by Panasonic North America. For additional information, please visit CoronalDevelopment.com.