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Commercial solar developer Dragonfly Solar and manufacturer SolarWorld will partner to deliver a 517 kW solar array to four electric utility cooperatives in the U.S. Midwest.

According to SolarWorld, the solar array will be owned and managed by Minnesota-Three, an entity jointly owned by Minnesota-based utility cooperatives Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services, People's Energy Cooperative and Tri-County Cooperative.

La Crosse, Wis.-based Dairyland Power, the cooperative power wholesaler for the region, has signed an agreement to purchase the solar array’s renewable energy output, SolarWorld says.

Construction of the solar facility is scheduled to begin this spring in Oronoco, Minn., SolarWorld reports, and upon completion, the array will be interconnected to People's Energy Cooperative's power delivery system.

SolarWorld notes that the project was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Energy for America Program, which helps small businesses, farmers and ranchers in rural communities purchase and install renewable energy equipment.

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