Nautilus Solar Energy LLC will be cutting the ribbon on a portfolio of 13.3-MW of community solar projects in, surprise: Minnesota, a leading state for community solar. The solar projects are part of Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards Community Program and are 100 percent subscribed by a diverse set of regional customers including five municipalities, two leading research/medical facilities and a local university.
The two community-based solar gardens, located in Rice and Le Sueur Counties, consist of fixed-tilt, ground mount applications. Construction began on both gardens in Q4 2017 and reached commercial operation during Q1 2018. The gardens were acquired by Nautilus from Renesola Ltd. in 2017. A local Roseville, Minn-based solar engineering and construction firm, IPS Solar, provided the installation services for the gardens.
“This community solar milestone extends Nautilus’s vision towards extending a sustainable future for those customers that aren’t able to have large scale solar facilities directly on-premise,” said Jim Rice, CEO of Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC.
“We’re very pleased that our teams completed the acquisition and construction of these projects in a timely manner and are especially appreciative of the hard work that our local permitting, engineering, and installation partners provided to ensure the overall success of these developments,” added Jeffrey Cheng, COO of Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC.
— Solar Builder magazine