Hutchinson Landfill Solar PV
1300 Adams St SE, Hutchinson, 55350
Nominated by: City of Hutchinson

The Hutchinson Landfill Solar PV project is a model in Minnesota for how to cost-effectively develop a significant solar energy resource on a landfill that would otherwise have little or no economic value to the City.  Hutchinson’s electric customers are served by a municipal utility but the City owns the solar energy facility and self-generate electrical power to offset the substantial electrical demands at its Wastewater Treatment Plant. This unique “brownfields-to­ brightfields” project will be a model for as many as 100 other closed landfill sites, as well as hundreds of other brownfield sites in Minnesota.

The project was designed to minimize risks associated with construction on a contaminated site. This involved rigorous project planning, preconstruction, and engineering the project so no contaminated materials would be exposed or encountered, and careful coordination between project partners.

Completed in 2016, the Hutchinson Landfill Solar PV project is the first of its kind in Minnesota on a closed landfill site. Minnesota Made tenKsolar’s unique system design allowed the system to be built without any penetrations into the surface of the landfill, which can serve as a model for other landfill and brownfield sites in the state that may wish to develop a similar solar energy installation.

Project Financing

  • $783,631 City of Hutchinson
  • $958,369 – Xcel Energy RDF Grant

Project Partners

  • City of Hutchinson
  • Xcel Energy
  • Xcel Energy RDF Advisory Board
  • tenKsolar
  • Hunt Electric
  • Braun Intertec
  • Juul Contracting
  • J&J Erosion Control
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Creekside Compost
  • McLeod County Solid Waste

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