Minnesota Wind Incentive Capacity Full

November 25, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Minnesota’s production incentive for small, utility scale projects (2 MW or less) has completely reached its capacity, and the reserve queue is growing, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The Minnesota Energy Office accepted the final project to be eligible for the state 1.5 cent/kWh incentive for small projects at 9:20 a.m. on Friday, November 7. The exact time was important, as multiple projects were scrambling to secure power purchase agreements in order to meet the criteria to be eligible for the state payment. Developers submitting their applications later in the day missed the opportunity. Not only is the 200 MW total capacity fully subscribed, but the energy office has 23 MW of additional projects already in the wings. Unless additional funds are secured for more projects, attrition will be the only avenue to the incentive for additional projects. Courtesy of AWEA


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