In May 2018, electricity in North Dakota was generated from coal (66.0 %) and renewable energy (34.0 %). Wind and hydropower are the primary sources of renewable energy in the state. North Dakota ranks last in the United States in solar power with less than one megawatt (MW) capacity.
Geronimo Energy has announced plans to build the Harmony Solar Project in Cass County in the eastern region of North Dakota. The Harmony Solar Project will be the first utility scale solar project in the state. Geronimo Energy develops utility scale renewable energy project and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Geronimo Energy recognized that South Dakota has significant undeveloped solar potential, based on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory solar intensity maps. The company has previously developed a wind farm in North Dakota and has knowledge of the local market. The cost of electricity from wind and solar energy is now two to three cents per kWh cheaper than electricity from coal-fueled power plants. Geronimo Energy anticipates construction of the Harmony Solar Project in 2019, subject to state regulatory approval.
North Dakota is one of the last bastions of coal dominated power plants in the United States. In my opinion, it is only a matter of time before coal-fueled power plants start to be replaced by renewable energy in North Dakota.