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Wisconsin to See Utility-Scale Solar Projects

The Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin authorized the construction of two utility-scale solar electric-generation projects that will more than quadruple the state’s solar capacity. Chair Rebecca Cameron Valcq and Commissioner Mike Huebsch unanimously approved the projects 2-0.

The Two Creeks solar generation facility will have a capacity of 150 MW and will be located near Two Rivers, in Manitowoc and Kewaunee Counties. The Badger Hollow solar generation facility will have a capacity of 300 MW and will be located near Cobb, in Iowa County. Once completed, the two projects will produce renewable energy equivalent to what 120,000 Wisconsin households typically use in a year.

The PSC also authorized the acquisition of the entire Two Creeks project and 150 MW of the Badger Hollow facility by Madison Gas and Electric Company and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation. The PSC included rate-payer and land-owner protections in its decisions.

“These projects are an important first step in decreasing the carbon footprint of Wisconsin’s energy production,” Valcq said. “Wisconsin is ready to embrace a clean-energy economy thanks to declining costs of renewable infrastructure and utilities responding to customer demands for clean-energy options.”Documents associated with the Two Creeks and Badger Hollow dockets are available on the PSC’s Electronic Regulatory Filing System at psc.wi.gov. Type the following case numbers in the boxes provided on the PSC homepage, or click on the Electronic Regulatory Filing System button. The Two Creeks construction docket case numbers are 9696-CE-100/9696-CE-101; the Badger Hollow construction docket case numbers are 9697-CE-100/9697-CE-101.