By providing safe, reliable, affordable energy, we're already encouraging business growth and expansion in our hometowns. And through our numerous renewable energy projects and programs, we are proud to also be on the forefront of creating a cleaner, greener energy future.
We work alongside customers and other likeminded energy providers to tackle some of our industry’s biggest challenges. We actively partner with community members and organizations on sustainability efforts, which can help to achieve economic growth and create jobs too.
We know clean energy and sustainability are important to you, as is a healthy, vibrant economy, and they’re just as important to us.
We work to create partnerships and initiatives with you, our customer, in mind so that we can offer you and your community new options and more control over your energy mix.
Two of our largest efforts are taking place in our most widely-serviced states: Minnesota and Colorado.
We’re partnering with the city of Minneapolis and CenterPoint Energy on the city’s Clean Energy Partnership (external link), in support of Minneapolis’ Climate Action Plan and 2040 Energy Vision. Through this effort, we'll work to plan, implement, market, and track new approaches to delivering energy efficiency, energy choices, and renewable energy to the city’s residents and businesses. The program is in its second year and just this spring was awarded a Climate Leadership Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
We reached an agreement with 22 other parties to begin expanding our clean energy offerings in the state of Colorado. The agreement addresses three key proposals: one to update our rate design structures, another to create a new solar power program for both residential and business customers, and finally an effort to expand and broaden our renewable energy programs over the next three years.
In Minnesota, construction is complete on the North Star Solar project in Chisago County, making it the largest single solar facility in the Midwest and one of the largest in the country. More than 440,000 solar panels spanning 1,000 acres near North Branch are expected to produce enough energy to power more than 20,000 homes. The project is expected to come online in December 2016.
Our ultimate goal is to have 8 percent of our electricity generated from solar by 2030. Learn more about our plans to increase clean, renewable energy in our 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report.
Learn more about our commitment to the environment and our vision for a more sustainable energy future.
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