RENEW Wisconsin Statement Regarding 300 MW Solar Proposal from Two Wisconsin Utilities
The electricity production from the 300 megawatts of utility plans announced today would equal the annual electric usage of approximately 67,000 Wisconsin homes.
Today, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) announced they propose to purchase 300 megawatts of solar power from two projects in Wisconsin. In addition, the developers of the two facilities filed their formal proposals with the state’s Public Service Commission.
The projects are as follows:
– Badger Hollow Solar Farm in Iowa County in southwest Wisconsin near the villages of Montfort and Cobb. This project may be as large as 300 megawatts, of which 150 megawatts will be purchased by WPS and MGE.
– Two Creeks Solar in Manitowoc and Kewaunee Counties in the Town of Two Creeks and the City of Two Rivers. This project will be 150 megawatts.
WPS will procure 200 megawatts and MGE 100 megawatts, both evenly split between the two projects. The electricity production from the 300 megawatts of utility plans announced today would equal the annual electric usage of approximately 67,000 Wisconsin homes, and will provide approximately 1% of Wisconsin’s annual electricity production.
RENEW Wisconsin’s Executive Director, Tyler Huebner, said, “This is a landmark day for solar power and renewable energy in Wisconsin. Homeowners, businesses, and nonprofits have been enjoying the benefits of solar energy for years. We are excited that our power companies and these solar developers are making investments at scale to power Wisconsin with more home-grown clean and renewable energy.”
About RENEW Wisconsin
RENEW Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization which promotes renewable energy in Wisconsin. We work on policies and programs that support solar power, wind power, biogas, local hydropower, and geothermal energy. More information is available on RENEW’s website: www.renewwisconsin.org.
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