In a bid to reduce its carbon footprint, the U.S. Department of Energy has built a solar farm at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Ponderosa Hills facility.
The project was designed to offset the emissions from electricity generation from the utility’s power plants, and is intended to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its facilities.
The Ponderosas solar farm has a total of 18,000 solar panels that can generate electricity from rooftop solar panels, wind turbines and other renewable energy sources, and also uses natural gas to power the turbines.
The plant, located in Ponderoso, Minnesota, is part of a larger project that also includes a solar photovoltaic farm in South Dakota and a wind farm in Nebraska.
The U.N. climate change office has called the project a “game-changer” for reducing greenhouse gas pollution and said it is the most efficient and green way to produce power in the world.
U. S. Senator Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, and Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat, signed a law in December 2017 allowing Minnesota to export the project to the U:The project is being developed in partnership with the United States Department of Defense and the Department of Commerce.
The Department of Agriculture, the Minnesota Environmental Protection Agency, the Department, and the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resource are contributing to the project.
“Today’s announcement will accelerate the process of transferring Ponderosal to the United Nations, and we look forward to helping the world continue to cut carbon emissions,” U. N. Environment Secretary Nikki Haley said in a statement.
“This project is one of many important steps the U and Ponderoses Climate Commitment is taking to make the world a better place for all.”
The solar farm project, however, is not the only one being developed at the Ponderosaurs facility.
In February 2018, the DOE announced the construction of a solar power plant at the company’s Minnesota facility.
That plant is currently operating with less than 1 percent of the total electricity produced by the utility, according to a Department of Interior press release.
The Energy Department said the solar project will provide up to 10 times the amount of energy the plant generates, which is about 20 percent of its total electricity production.