The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin recently voted to approve the Point Beach Solar Energy Center. Pending the commission’s final written order, this allows NextEra Energy Resources’ project affiliate to move forward in building the 100-megawatt photovoltaic solar energy generating facility, which will be located in Manitowoc County,.
Energy from the project will be sold to WPPI Energy, a member-owned, not-for-profit wholesale power company headquartered in the Sun Prairie Business Park. The addition of the project will put WPPI Energy on track for around a 37 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2025.
Sun Prairie Utilities, a member of WPPI Energy, will use the clean energy produced by the solar farm to help power homes and businesses in Sun Prairie, according to Sun Prairie Utilities Manager Rick Wicklund.
“This solar energy farm adds diversity to our power supply portfolio in a way that’s more cost-effective than other opportunities currently available to us,” said Mike Peters, President and CEO of WPPI Energy. “In addition, WPPI Energy has achieved significant emissions reductions over the past 10 years, and this project will help us continue that effort.”
The Point Beach Solar farm will create 300-400 jobs during its construction period starting in August 2020, and is expected to be completed by October 2021. The project will also generate increased tax revenue for the state.
Located at 1425 Corporate Center Drive in the Sun Prairie Business Park, WPPI Energy is a regional power company serving Sun Prairie Utilities and 50 other locally owned, not-for-profit utilities.
Together, WPPI Energy’s member-owner utilities share resources and own generation facilities to provide reliable, affordable electricity to more than 200,000 homes and businesses in Wisconsin, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Iowa.
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC (together with its affiliated entities, “NextEra Energy Resources”), is one of the largest wholesale generators of electric power in the U.S.