BluEarth Renewables acquires 23-MW Midwest solar portfolio

BluEarth Renewables’ United States affiliate has acquired a 22.9 MWac solar portfolio from OneEnergy Renewables, a developer of community and utility-scale solar energy projects in the United States.

Known as the Butter Solar portfolio, the projects are located across three states—Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa—and consist of 10 projects ranging from 0.6 MWac to 5 MWac. The Butter Solar projects are currently under construction with a target commercial operations date in the second quarter of 2019. Once commissioned, energy will be sold under a single power purchase agreement to the Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group, a joint action agency representing its member utilities. Renewable Energy Credits (REC) generated from the portfolio will be purchased by Organic Valley, the City of Madison, Dr. Bronner’s and NativeEnergy.

“The acquisition of the Butter Solar portfolio is a perfect fit for BluEarth given our ability to finance, construct and operate renewable energy projects. It builds on our growing portfolio in the United States and positions us to further expand our footprint as we pursue other opportunities ranging in size and complexity,” said Grant Arnold, president and CEO of BluEarth Renewables. “Electricity generated by the Butter Solar portfolio will directly service the local communities where the projects are located. We look forward to working with all of our local stakeholders as we bring these community solar projects into operation in the coming months.”

This portfolio resulted from a collaboration between Organic Valley, OneEnergy Renewables and the participating communities.

“These Projects exemplify the maxim that ‘many hands make light work’, and reflect a huge amount of effort and commitment from many people, including community members, utility boards, REC partners and city and village officials,” said Eric Udelhofen, director of project development at OneEnergy Renewables. “OneEnergy is humbled by the perseverance of everyone involved to help advance the projects to construction. We look forward to replicating this approach with others to bring cost-effective renewable energy to rural communities across the country.”

This acquisition complements BluEarth’s existing portfolio in the United States which now includes over 62.5 MW in operation and under construction and 795 MW under development.

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