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Xcel moves from coal to solar

DENVER, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Colorado-based Xcel Energy's plans for a solar plant were approved by state regulators.

Xcel traditionally has been involved with coal-fired generation, and the utility-scale solar plant is a first for the company, Rocky Mountain News reported.

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The Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved the project after days of deliberation. The decision also included Xcel's plans to shutter its electricity stations in order to reduce emissions. It is the first utility in the country to do so.

The 200-megawatt solar plant was approved in addition to an 850-megawatt addition to its wind energy system. Spanish company Abengoa Solar, with U.S. headquarters, will help build the solar plant.

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