ND refuses endorsement of Xcel Energy's solar projects

North Dakota utility regulators have again refused to endorse a Minneapolis-based company's plans for some solar projects in Minnesota.

The Public Service Commission's action Wednesday was the second time this year that the panel shot down Xcel Energy's plans for solar projects. The panel says solar projects don't provide the best option for low-cost electricity for North Dakota customers.

Xcel Energy Inc. has about 90,000 customers in North Dakota. The company is proposing the solar projects to comply with Minnesota's mandate that investor-owned utilities get some of their power from the sun.

The Public Service Commission reviewed Xcel Energy's plan for a $250 million project that would create about 100 megawatts of power.

North Dakota's backing would have allowed Xcel to pass on some costs to North Dakota customers.

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