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Minnesota's largest solar installation

January 9, 2013

Slaytonís solar installation panels begin producing electricity 
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Slaytonís solar installation panels begin producing electricity
begins producing electricity
A new system built near Slayton, Minn., with more than 7,000 solar panels is part of the boom in solar installations in Minnesota and across the United States.

ēArticle by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune Updated: January 6, 2013 - 8:25 PM

Reprinted with permission from the StarTribune, Minneapolis, MN.

The largest solar-electric generator in Minnesota has flipped on the switch -- the latest sign of a banner year for solar installations.

Renewable power developer Ecos Energy said 7,040 solar panels outside of Slayton, Minn., began producing power Friday after being connected to Xcel Energy's distribution system. The solar array is the largest in the state, with 2 megawatts of output, the equivalent of the power used by 250 homes.

The project has 32 rows of solar panels covering an area the size of 7 1/2 football fields on what once was a cornfield. "There was no celebration, but it is nice to get these things running," said Chris Little, director of development for Ecos Energy, based in Minneapolis.

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