Walz Applauds Camp Ripley Solar Farm
LITTLE FALLS, MN – Today, U.S. Representative Tim Walz (MN-01) attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Camp Ripley to dedicate the Camp’s recently constructed solar array. The $25 million, 10-megawatt solar farm – Minnesota’s largest solar farm – is the result of a public-private partnership between the Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota Power.
“I am proud to join in support of this clean, homegrown energy solution. In addition to making sense for our environment, the solar array dedicated today will help Camp Ripley and the surrounding community meet their energy needs while advancing our national effort towards energy independence,” said Rep. Walz. “Once again, Minnesota is setting an example for how we can address climate change head-on through common sense energy policy that promotes our local economies and our national security. I commend the Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota Power for harnessing the promise of sustainable American energy through this public-private partnership, and thank Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith and Minnesota Adjutant General, Major General Richard Nash for their vision.”
Walz was joined by Minnesota Adjutant General, Major General Richard Nash, Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, Minnesota State Senator Carrie Ruud (R-10), and ALLETE (Minnesota Power’s parent company) Chairman, President and CEO Alan Hodnik.
According to the Minnesota National Guard, the 63-acre solar array contains more than 120,000 panels capable of generating 17,000 megawatt hours per year, or enough energy for nearly 2,000 customers. While providing clean energy to the Minnesota Power network and acting as a ready source for Camp Ripley should a disruption in normal service take place, the solar array helps the Minnesota National Guard meet energy security and renewable energy goals at Camp Ripley while providing Minnesota Power with one-third of the electricity needed to meet the Minnesota Solar Energy Standard.
Located in Morrison County, the solar farm covers more than 60 acres of the Camp Ripley cantonment area, making it one of the largest solar farms on any National Guard installation in the United States.