Developer flips the switch on 7,040-panel solar PV project near Slayton (Minnesota's largest)

SLAYTON, Minn. - A new system built near Slayton with more than 7,000 solar panels is part of the boom in solar installations in Minnesota and across the United States—the latest sign of a banner year for solar installations.

Renewable power developer Ecos Energy said 7,040 solar panels outside of Slayton, MN began producing power Friday after being connected to Xcel Energy’s distribution system. The solar array is the largest in the state, with 2 megawatts of output, the equivalent of the power used by 250 homes.

The project has 32 rows of solar panels covering an area the size of 7.5 football fields on what once was a cornfield. “There was no celebration, but it is nice to get these things running,” said Chris Little, director of development for Ecos Energy, based in Minneapolis.

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David Shaffer, Star Tribune