Wisconsin regulators approve Badger Hollow project, largest PV plant in Midwest

first_imgWisconsin regulators approve Badger Hollow project, largest PV plant in Midwest FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Milwaukee Daily Reporter:Wisconsin utility regulators on Thursday approved a series of solar-energy proposals that renewable-energy advocates contend will lead to a five-fold increase in solar generation in the state.Biggest of the projects is the Badger Hollow Solar Farm, which promises to bring 300 megawatts of generation to Iowa County and be the biggest solar project in the Midwest when completed. According to plans approved by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, power from the Badger Hollow farm will be sent through a “tie line” to a nearby substation and, from there, into electrical grid serving southwest Wisconsin.Also approved was the Two Creeks Solar Project, which will have 150 megawatts of generation installed in Manitowoc County. Both projects are expected to be finished by the middle of 2021.Under a third proposal accepted by regulators on Thursday, the Two Creeks project will eventually be sold in its entirety to two Wisconsin utilities – Wisconsin Public Service in Green Bay and Madison Gas & Electric in Madison. The same approval will let those same two companies acquire a 150-megawatt share of the Badger Hollow farm.The renewable-energy group RENEW Wisconsin estimates the state had 103 megawatts of solar generation by the end of 2018. The projects approved on Thursday would add 450 megawatts to that, enough to supply 1.3 percent of the power used annually in Wisconsin.More: Regulators OK projects promising to increase solar generation five foldlast_img