Xcel Energy has the greenlight to build largest Wisconsin solar project


Xcel Energy has the greenlight from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to build the state’s largest solar project. It’ll be a 74-megawatt solar array in Pierce County, the company announced.

Firstly, project’s name is Western Mustang; it’ll be operated by Xcel Energy. Its location comprises 1,100 acres of land, in the Town of Gilman.

Secondly, according to the company’s statement, once completed it will generate over $300,000 in revenue payments for the county and township.

Thirdly, the company has currently more than 760 megawatts of large-scale, universal solar capacity on its system; in fact, it was the first major utility in the nation to announce a vision to deliver carbon-free electricity to all customers by 2050.

Consequently, the approval to build the project is a pivotal point for its corporate objectives. Construction is expected to begin later this year. It would be ready by 2022.

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Xcel Energy reaches 10,000 MW of wind capacity online

Moreover, Mark Stoering, president, Xcel Energy, Wisconsin and Michigan, said. “We are pleased to invest in this locally sourced solar facility to provide more renewable energy to our customers.”

He also remarked. “This project allows us to provide clean, zero-fuel cost energy to help us meet our carbon reduction goals cost effectively; and, at the same time, provide economic development benefits to the area.”

On the other hand, back in February, Xcel Energy became one of the first energy providers in the United States to reach 10,000 megawatts of wind energy capacity online. Such milestone was achieved mostly by the growing wind projects of Xcel in the Upper Midwest, Colorado, Texas, and also New Mexico.

Furthermore, about the matter, Ben Fowke, chairman and CEO, said. “We launched an ambitious wind energy expansion in 2017; as part of our ongoing commitment to reduce carbon emissions, while continuing to provide safe; also, reliable, and affordable service for our customers.”

Finally, he also remarked. “The new wind projects we’ve added will save customers money in the coming decades; are among the most cost-effective energy sources on our grid; and are integral to our groundbreaking vision to deliver 100% carbon-free electricity to our customers by 2050.”

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