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Aurora Solar Project, USA

Aurora Solar Project, USA

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About the plant

Where sustainable energy and ecosystem services meet

The 150 MWdc Aurora Solar plant located in Minnesota began operations in 2017. It consists of 16 different sites and can generate over 210 million kWh annually, equivalent to the energy consumption needs of over 17,000 US households, while avoiding CO2 emissions of over 150,000 tons into the atmosphere each year.  Aurora is Enel Green Power ’s third solar project built in the US, after the existing solar facilities of Stillwater in Nevada and Sheldon Springs in Vermont. 



Solar - Agrivoltaics






150 MW


Energy production

210 million kWh annually 


CO2 Emissions avoided

150,000 tons annually 


Electricity needs

+17,000 US households annually



Our Corporate Partners

The  Aurora solar plant delivers renewable energy to Xcel Energy, enabling  them to provide solar energy to their customers and achieve their goals to be 63% carbon free by 2030. 

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Community Impact


Enel Green Power is committed to creating long-term shared value in the communities where we live and work. In doing such, we have implemented initiatives to generate a positive impact on the communities of Minnesota. At the Aurora solar project, we’ve implemented a unique sustainability program to benefit the plant’s surrounding ecosystem and the community at large, what is known as dual-use solar. The concept of dual-use solar describes co-developing an area of land for both solar photovoltaic power as well as for other purposes considering land use, environmental and ecosystem services derived from, for example, the planting of native vegetation and pollinator friendly crops. Aurora was designed for dual-use solar from the onset, with low-growing meadows, grazing sheep to manage the grounds without the sound or air pollution of traditional mowing maintenance, and beekeeping co-ops which enhance vegetation practices and help protect wildlife and ecosystems.


Enel Green Power partnered with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on its InSPIRE project to research insects and pollinator friendly habitats. Bare Honey, a local food producer, uses these pollinator habitats to produce organic honey, which inspired a local microbrewery to use it in one of their offerings. Furthermore, Enel collaborated with the International Darksky.org association to decrease outdoor light pollution by adopting retrofit LED lighting which mitigates impacts on wildlife, ecosystems and human health. We’re also using our real-world experience to help students learn. Enel has partnered with the Sand County Foundation, the state chapter of Future Farmers for America (FFA), and Pheasants Forever to enhance educational resources and opportunities across the state of Minnesota in building awareness and knowledge of vegetation management practices that encourage pollinator friendly landscapes.

Work progress status

Status of construction phase

Enel Green Power is committed to a sustainable worksite model. When we build projects, we monitor performance for energy, waste and water management, and the social and economic impact on the local community.  Aurora Solar integrates dual-use solar applications and pollinator friendly habitats into its model through a partnership with the NREL InSPIRE project. Its focus is on regenerative agriculture, providing ecosystem services and improving operational efficiencies.

  • Workers 400

    Workers 400 Construction jobs 

  • Investment 290

    Investment 290 Million dollars in local investment

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Community and landowners inquiries

Erik Bjorklund, Site Manager

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