Solar Request for Proposals

Minnesota Power is seeking proposals for up to 300 megawatts of solar energy


Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE Inc. is submitting a Request for Proposals (RFP) for up to 300 megawatts of regional solar energy to come online by 2027 that can provide customers with reliable energy that will help the company and state meet carbon free goals in the coming decades.

This request is part of Minnesota Power's EnergyForward vision and bold next steps for a sustainable path to a carbon-free energy future that is centered on Minnesota Power's commitment to the climate, customers, and communities.

The RFP strives to maximize the regional economic benefits of solar development, including preferences for diverse bidders and domestically sourced materials, and requirements for using union labor, local labor for construction and permanent staffing, and the development of apprenticeship programs.

News Release

RFP Notices and Documents

Minnesota Power Solar RFP 2023 (pdf)
Minnesota Power Solar RFP 2023 Timeline Addendum 01 (pdf)
Attachment A - RFP Bidder Forms (xlsx)
Attachment B - Minnesota Power Model Solar PPA (docx)
Attachment C - Term Sheet for the BOT Solar Resource (docx)
Attachment D - Solar Technical Specifications (PDF)
Attachment D - Solar Technical Specification Addendum 01 (PDF)
Attachment E - Mutual Non Disclosure Agreement (docx)

Bidders Questions

Questions will only be addressed through 5 p.m. CST on January 5th. During the week of December 25th, it will take additional time for the RFP Team to respond due to the holidays. Please check back regularly for questions and answers.

Bidder Questions WE 11/17/2023
Bidder Questions WE 11/24/2023
Bidder Questions WE 11/24/2023 Addendum 01
Bidder Questions - 11/28/2023 Webinar
Bidder Questions WE 12/1/2023
Bidder Questions WE 12/8/2023
Bidder Questions WE 12/15/2023 - None Received
Bidder Questions WE 12/22/2023 - None Received
Bidder Questions WE 12/29/2023 - None Received
Bidder Questions WE 1/5/2024

Minnesota Power’s parent company, ALLETE, has entered an agreement to be acquired by a partnership led by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Global Infrastructure Partners and start the process to become a private company.

This transaction will not change our operations, strategy or shared purpose and values, and it is business as usual for all of us at Minnesota Power. Learn more at