Xcel Energy plans large solar project near retiring Becker coal plant

Xcel Energy said Monday it wants to add around 500 megawatts of new large-scale solar generation near its existing Sherco Power Plant in Becker.

Minneapolis-based Xcel (NASDAQ: XEL) is accepting proposals from solar developers to build projects of at least 75 megawatts that interconnect to the existing infrastructure at the Sherco plant. Proposals will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Feb. 2.

The project would create 400 union construction jobs and around 25 permanent positions, pending approval by…


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