A new solar energy project could one day transform a Manitowoc County farm field. The proposed site is near the Point Beach Nuclear Plant in the Towns of Two Creeks and Two Rivers.
“The sun would shine and then the panels that are a part of these facilities would collect the energy,” said spokesperson, Matt Cullen, for Wisconsin Public Service.
The proposed project would be operated by WPS and Madison Gas and Electric. The energy companies would operate two facilities in Wisconsin, with a capability of producing power to over 41,000 homes. One solar field would be in southwest Wisconsin, about 13 miles away from Dodgeville. The other, in our area, would span 1,300 acres in Manitowoc County.
Cullen said, “Solar generation in particular is well suited to provide energy to our customers at the times they need it most, which are those hottest summer days.”
The site is southeast of State Highway 42 and Nuclear Road. Thousands of solar panels will generate 150 kilowatts of power at it’s max.
“During the first year of operation of these solar facilities, customers bills will decline by almost one percent,” said Cullen.
The average lifespan for solar panels is about 30 years, and in that time both projects will save energy customers more than $100 million dollars. In addition, it will provide clean energy by reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
The project still needs to be approved by the Public Service Commission, but if accepted, construction will begin next year. Operations would then start at the end of 2020.
Local 5 did reach out to the Two Creeks Chairman who says the project has not drawn opposition from town leaders.