Project overview


125 MWac solar


Enough clean energy to power nearly 30,000 Minnesota homes


Renville County, Minnesota

Expected project timeline

  • Development – Siting – Permitting          2021-2026
  • Construction                                               2027-2028
  • Operations                                                   2028


Economic and environmental benefits

We believe in being a good neighbor by ensuring responsible renewable energy development that benefits both the environment and local communities without burdening existing infrastructure.


268,250 MWh carbon-free electricity generated each year, improving air quality and reducing CO2 emissions


~$22 million expected new tax revenue for Franklin community, local schools and Renville County over the life of the project  


500+ jobs expected to be created during peak construction

Clean energy benefits local communities 

  • Long-term tax revenue to counties, towns and school districts
  • Job creation during construction and operations
  • Landowner income diversification, keeping land in the family
  • Local economic stimulus during construction
  • Affordable, reliable, locally produced clean energy
  • Improved air quality and reduced CO2 emissions
  • Social impact partnerships for community organizations and non-profits
  • Non-permanent development and low-impact construction that ensures land can be sensitively restored to pre-project conditions at the end of the project’s life

Best practices in responsible and sustainable development

At AES, safety is our highest priority, and we’ve been focused on improving lives for more than 40 years. As a leading innovator in energy solutions, sustainability is core to both our strategy and our culture. We are committed to responsible land use and incorporating sustainable best practices into the entire project lifecycle, contributing to building a domestic renewables economy and reducing foreign dependence.

Partnering with communities for the future of energy

At AES, we understand that our success as a company is only as strong as our partnerships with the communities where we operate. That’s why we partner with communities, customers, state agencies, higher education, elected officials, and other key stakeholders to see how we can best work together to support sustainable social and economic development.


Advancing youth entrepreneurship in Michigan

AES funded a Youth Entrepreneur Incubator for local schools to give students the opportunity to understand business and finance through the workings of their own businesses. Additionally AES helped fund a robotics club and an Underwater Remote Operated Vehicles Course for students.

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Increasing STEM career exposure in Missouri

AES helped fund a program aimed at preparing children for future careers in STEM. AES also helped fund a program focused on helping girls from 14-17 be successful in life after high school.


Dual-use solutions in Massachusetts

AES worked with the US Department of Energy Solar Technology Office to create a dual-use solar project that also accommodates cattle grazing and crops. Dual use opportunities are important to AES as we look at how to evolve solar facility design to boost agricultural production opportunities.

Project updates

Community Open House on October 23rd at Franklin Community Center from 5:30-7:30PM

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Meet your AES team


Scott Groux

Associate Developer


Lauren Colwell

Permitting Project Manager


Ana Bruton

Stakeholder Relations Analyst

Contact us

We want to hear from you! We appreciate your interest in AES’ Birch Coulee solar project.

Phone number: 800-579-7734

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