Dairyland Power expanding solar energy resources

March 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

LA CROSSE- Wis. (WXOW)- Dairyland Power Cooperative is expanding its renewable energy sources with the addition of another commercial solar project.  The new solar installation will be 520 kilowatts and could potentially produce enough energy to power up to 60 homes.

Bill Berg, President and CEO stated, “For many years, we have been steadily adding renewable resources to our system while balancing reliability and affordability for our members. Solar powered generation was part of our long term resource plan, and this project is a good fit with Dairyland’s overall strategic plan.”

They are proceeding with its first commercial solar project that was announced in January in Rochester, Minn. It will fulfill the requirement for a commercial solar project as outlined in Dairyland’s 2012 settlement with the EPA. Although the settlement does not specifically require two solar projects, the second project was chosen to further diversify Dairyland’s renewable energy portfolio. It is also beneficial to Dairyland’s members in that it fulfills additional environmental mitigation requirements outlined in the EPA agreement.  

With headquarters in La Crosse, Wis., Dairyland provides wholesale electricity to 25 member distribution cooperatives and 17 municipal utilities. A Touchstone Energy Cooperative, Dairyland’s service area encompasses 62 counties in four states (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois).

Construction of the solar facility is scheduled to begin this spring and planned to be operational by June 1, 2014.

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