WATCH: Former Minnesota Coal-Fired Power Plant Get Demolished
A former coal-fueled power plant in Minnesota that was in operation dating back to the 1930s was demolished in a controlled implosion.
According to the West Central Tribune, the power facility was located in Granite Falls and was a landmark in the Minnesota River Valley for more than half a century.
The plant was built way back in 1930, and was expanded in 1953. The plant was located at 4064 Highway 212 East in Granite Falls and was retired in 2009. It stood roughly 280 feet above the Minnesota River Valley. It was a coal-fired plant that generated 75 megawatts of energy.
The plant happened to be a key source of electricity during periods of high electrical demand from the 1990s and 2000s before it was retired.
lXcel Energy will clean up and recycle the concrete, brick, and metals from the plant’s structure, including iron, steel, copper, aluminum, and brass. The company will retain much of the site, and the area will be backfilled, graded, and seeded for restoration to a vegetated area.
Xcel Energy contracted with Veit to dismantle the plant. You can check out the video of the demolition below:
Some people tweeted out their thoughts on the demolition:
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