Otto Project - Wright Hennepin Solar Project featured in Journal Press


Great River Energy is currently developing a large-scale solar project in partnership with its member cooperative Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH), based in Rockford.

The Dickinson Solar Project, a 2.25-megawatt solar array, will be a new generation resource that Great River Energy will use to provide wholesale power to WH.  The project will partially replace a terminated contract Great River Energy had for fossil fuel electricity generation, according to a news release from Great River Energy.

The site for the solar project is northwest of the Dickinson converter station at 2641 Deadrick Ave. SE.  The Dickinson converter station is just off Highway 55 about halfway between Buffalo and Rockford.

"This project responds to our members' interest in more renewable energy offerings and allows us to diversify our power resource mix," said Steve Nisbet, vice president of external relations and power solutions at WH.

Both Great River Energy and WH already have experience with constructing and generating solar energy.  Great River Energy completed a 250-kilowatt solar project at its headquarters in Maple Grove, as well as 19 smaller arrays across its membership in Minnesota.  WH has built two community solar projects with a third expected to come online later this year.  The Dickinson Solar Project will be the largest single solar resource to date for both cooperatives.

The Dickinson Solar Project will be located on 13 acres of land near Buffalo.  The land is already owned by Great River Energy.  The project will be composed of 8,360 solar panels created by Heliene, a Canadian manufacturer commonly used for utility-scale solar development.  The project's principal contractor is Energy Concepts, headquartered in Hudson, Wis.  Construction is set to begin in late March, with full commercial operation expected in early July.

"This project provides another example of how Great River Energy's power supply continues to evolve and include more renewable resources in response to member demand," said Andy Bergrud, senior engineering project manager at Great River Energy.  "It has also been an opportunity for us to expand our knowledge and experience with utility-scale solar development in collaboration with one of our member cooperatives."


Story from Wright County Journal Press:

Are Private Streets Worth It?

Interesting article from the Star Tribute regarding private streets:

Otto Client promoted to Pheasants Forever state coordinator

Otto Associates worked with Eran Sandquist and Pheasants Forever in surveying the 604-acre Minnesota Veterans Wildlife Management Area this year.  Eran is very professional and his promotion to Pheasant Forever's state coordinator is well-deserved.  Below is a clipping from the Wright County Journal Press:

Wright County native Eran Sandquist guiding, assisting Pheasants Forever activities all over Minnesota

By Ed DuBois

As the new state coordinator for the Pheasants Forever organization in Minnesota, Eran Sandquist of South Haven gets to be involved with activities and projects all over the state.  One of the most exciting and interesting projects is located in Wright County.

A Clearwater Township family that owns a Century Farm worked with Pheasants Forever to sell land that would be used for conservation purposes.  Today, the public can enjoy the 604-acre Minnesota Veterans Wildlife Management Area, which is situated along the Clearwater River and includes both open areas and wooded areas.

"The Minnesota Veterans Wildlife Management Area includes some of the most quality restored native prairie in the state.  It also has some 100-year-old oaks in the forest," Sandquist said.

Pheasant hunting can take place on the land this time of year, and during other seasons throughout the year, people can visit and enjoy the scenery on walks through the area.

"The name of the wildlife area honors veterans, and that is a cool aspect.  I hope we can do more projects like that in Minnesota," Sandquist commented.