Sherco Solar Project

About the Project

The Sherco Solar Project will be developed jointly by National Grid Renewables and Xcel Energy. National Grid Renewables will secure permits and perform development activities, and Xcel Energy will construct, own and operate the project.

 The Sherco Solar Project will connect to the existing transmission connection located at the Sherco Power Plant.

The joint partnership will leverage the expertise of National Grid Renewables during the development and permitting of the project and will allow Xcel Energy to maximize energy production from solar resources to deliver clean, renewable electricity to Xcel Energy customers. The project will play an important role in Xcel Energy’s vision to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2030 and deliver 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. National Grid Renewables has successfully developed renewable energy projects throughout North America – and together with Xcel Energy, we look forward to presenting this project to you and other community stakeholders.


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Project Specifications

Operational Capacity 460 MW
Location Sherburne County, MN
Anticipated Commercial Operation Date 2024
Project Email [email protected]
Project Phone Number 612-439-9652

Estimated Project Benefits

*The projected benefits below were submitted as part of the Petition of Xcel Energy for Approval of the Acquisition of Solar Generation at Xcel Energy’s Sherburne County Site filed on April 12, 2021 with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commision. Subject to change.

Estimated Project Acreage 3,500 acres near the Sherco coal plant in Becker, MN
Estimated Homes Powered 100,000 homes powered each year, on average
Estimated Construction Wages $115 million in wages from 900 union construction jobs, with an emphasis on hiring women and people of color
Estimated Local Economic Benefits $240 million in local benefits like taxes and landowner payments over the 35-year life of the project
Estimated CO2 Emissions Avoided Up to 300,000 tons of CO2 avoided each year, on average - that’s equal to taking more than 60,000 gasoline cars off the road every year

About National Grid Renewables

National Grid Renewables is a leading North American renewable energy company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with satellite offices located throughout multiple states in the regions where it develops, constructs, and operates renewable energy projects. As a farmer-friendly and community focused company, National Grid Renewables repowers America’s grid by reigniting local economies and reinvesting in a sustainable future. National Grid Renewables is part of the National Grid Ventures division of National Grid and has a portfolio of solar, wind, and energy storage projects located throughout the United States in various stages of development, construction and operation.

About Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy (NASDAQ: XEL) provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company is an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions and producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of renewable sources at competitive prices. For more information, follow us on Twitter and Facebook or visit our website.

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