Lt. Governor Tina Smith tours solar project in Dodge County

DODGE CENTER, Minn. – Minnesota’s governor and lieutenant governor are busy making their way around the state for their “87 Counties in 86 Days” tour, which gives them a chance to see what is going on in the Land of 10,000 Lakes this fall.

One project Lt. Gov. Tina Smith stopped to check in on was the Aurora Solar Project in Dodge County.

The site, located in Dodge Center, is one of 16 throughout Minnesota that together make up the Aurora Solar Project. On Thursday, Smith took a tour around the site.

The project is owned by Enel Green Power North America and is creating around 400 construction jobs. Once it is finished, it will be able to generate 150 MWdc of clean energy, which will make it the largest solar project in the state.

“We want Minnesota to be on the leading edge for renewable energy; it’s good for our climate, it’s good for our health, it’s good for our environment and it’s good for our economy too. There’s nothing bad about it,” Smith explained after the tour.

Construction on the solar project began in May and is expected to wrap up by the end of the year.

Besides stopping in Dodge County, Smith also visited Goodhue and Wabasha counties on Thursday.

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