In early May 2016 Italian Enel Green Power said in a release that its North-American division Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGPNA) initiated the construction of a PV solar power plant Aurora in the state of Minnesota, USA. At first the project had been developed by local energy producer Geronimo Energy, but later was acquired by Enel Green Power.
Officially the Aurora project is a property of the specially established vehicle Aurora Distributed Solar, LLC, a branch of Enel Green Power North America, Inc. The full cost is estimated at about USD290 mln, of which 140 mln was invested by State Street Bank and Trust Company2.
The plant will comprise 16 separate sites with an aggregate capacity of 150 MW (enough for 17 thou American households), and is planned to be fully accomplished by late 2016 to sell energy to local utility Xcel Energy under a PPA agreement. Aurora has been divided into parts in order to lower energy transmission losses. Each site will have its own linear axis tracking equipment.
Enel Green Power has already built two wind farms Prairie Rose and Minnesota Wind with a total capacity of 230 MW in Minnesota.
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