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Highland Bridge redevelopment would bring local solar, hydro energy to former Ford Plant site under Xcel Energy and Ryan Cos. proposal

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Starting new with renewables. The St. Paul Ford Plant site redevelopment called Highland Bridge will be locally powered with electricity by hydropower from the Mississippi River and solar within the 122-acre site. Described as a "21st-century community”, the neighborhood will feature a mix of residential, office, and retail spaces in a unique urban setting. Our plan with Ryan Cos. to develop the Ford site relying on hydro and solar power brings us a few steps closer to realizing our vision to deliver 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. Once development is complete, five megawatts of energy will be needed to power the development, while the remaining five megawatts will be available to other Minnesota customers who enroll in our voluntary renewable energy program.

 

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Matt Chester on Jul 28, 2020 9:41 pm GMT

Described as a "21st-century community”, the neighborhood will feature a mix of residential, office, and retail spaces in a unique urban setting. Our plan with Ryan Cos. to develop the Ford site relying on hydro and solar power brings us a few steps closer to realizing our vision to deliver 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. 

Thanks a ton for sharing, Bryant-- this sounds like a really compelling project. One question came to mind: will this come with a microgrid that actually islands and runs purely on the renewables when available? Or will it be connected to the same grid as its neighbors?

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Bryant Coon on Jul 29, 2020 3:10 pm GMT

Great question Matt. I don't have firsthand knowledge but my understanding is that residents and businesses within the development will be able to subscribe to a new renewable energy program similar to our existing Renewable*Connect program which would guarantee their usage is covered by the new onsite solar array and adjacent existing hydro plant. Since the capacity of these two resources is over twice the projected load of the development after full-buildout there should be plenty of additional MWhs to go around. I don't think a microgrid is in the works and in this particular situation I think it would be hard to build a case for one given the generation mix/proximity and our historic reliability in this area. 

I'll confirm the details and follow-up if I missed the mark on anything. 

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Matt Chester on Jul 29, 2020 4:06 pm GMT

Thanks for the details and the follow up, Bryant! 

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