Metropolitan Council – Minnesota


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The largest solar farms at a wastewater facility in Minnesota consisting of approximately 4,923 solar panels on approximately 12 acres. The PV systems provides power to the Metropolitan Council’s Blue Lake wastewater treatement facility. The project was completed in conjunction with SunEdison and Mortenson.

Energy Partners Celebrate Solar at Metropolitan Council Wastewater Treatment Plant

Saint Paul–Oct. 2—Construction of a solar array is now complete at the Blue Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant in Shakopee , with thousands of solar panels in place to help power the plant and an on-site fertilizer company.

Representatives from Oak Leaf Energy Partners and Xcel Energy will join the Metropolitan Council Oct. 6 in Shakopee to celebrate renewable energy and completion of the facility.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Where: Blue Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant, 6957 County Road 101 E., Shakopee.

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Parking: Check in at the security hut. A shuttle can transport you to the solar array.

Foot attire: Suitable for a dirt surface.

Tours: A tour of the treatment plant will be available following the event, departing from the Administration Building. A SunEdison representative will be available to take guests into the array.


Adam Duininck, Chair, Metropolitan Council
Mike McCabe, Partner, Oak Leaf Energy Partners
Laura McCarten, Regional Vice-President, Xcel Energy
Jason Willett, Environmental Services Finance & Energy Director, Metropolitan Council

The Metropolitan Council is leasing land at the site to Oak Leaf Energy Partners, which is the contractor on the project. SunEdison is a global renewable energy development company that served as a subcontractor, and Xcel Energy contributed a $2 million renewable development grant to the facility.

Project partners call the project another step toward a cleaner, more sustainable and energy-efficient future.


Contact: Bonnie Kollodge, Metropolitan Council, 651.602.1357
Christine Scroggins, CMS PR Consulting, 763.639.4407
Brendan Fitzgibbon, SunEdison, 650.454.9912
Colleen Mahoney, Xcel Energy, 612.330.6940

  • Date: 10th May 2011