The Koshkonong Solar Energy Center would feature 300 MW of solar generation and 165 MW of battery storage. The total investment is expected to be $649 million. WPS would own 90 pct of the project with Madison Gas and Electric holding the remaining 10 pct. If approved, construction is expected to begin in late 2022 for commercial operation in 2024. Koshkonong is part of WEC Energy Group's plan to invest nearly $2 billion in new solar, wind and battery storage projects at its utilities by 2025.
This is the third large-scale solar and battery project announced in 2021 by We Energies and WPS. Earlier this year, the companies announced plans for the 325-MW Darien Solar Energy Center and 310-MW Paris Solar-Battery Park.
(Source: WEC Energy Group, PR, Website , 30 Apr., 2021) Contact: WEC Energy Group , Tom Metcalfe, Pres., www.wecenergygroup.com
Although the project is awaiting regulatory approvals, a 2020 construction start date and 2022 operation startup date are planned.
Dairyland's solar portfolio, which currently consists of 18 solar sites that provide 25 MW total, by almost seven-fold. Dairyland has about 1,350 MW of owned and contracted capacity from coal, natural gas, hydro, wind, solar, and landfill gas.
According to Dairyland's 2017 annual report, 69 pct of its energy came from fossil fuels, while renewables made up 22 pct of their energy portfolio. The report notes that in 2027 23 pct of it power would come from wind, solar and other renewables. (Source: Dairyland Power, laCrosse Tribune, 18, Mar., 2019) Contact: Dairyland Power,
Barbara Nick, Pres., CEO, (608) 788-4000, www.dairylandpower.com;
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