Solar power coming to Algoma

solar-panelsAlgoma Utilities is among the electricity suppliers expected to benefit when Wisconsin’s largest solar energy center goes on line in 2021.

WPPI Energy and NextEra Energy Inc. this week announced plans to build the 100-megawatt solar generating station on land adjacent to the Point Beach Nuclear Power Plant in Two Rivers.

“This solar energy center adds diversity to WPPI Energy’s power supply portfolio in a way that’s more cost-effective than other opportunities currently available to us,” said Mike Peters, president and CEO of WPPI Energy. “In addition, WPPI Energy has achieved significant emissions reductions over the past 10 years, and the clean, renewable energy generated by this project will help us continue that effort.”

WPPI Energy has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement to buy the electricity from the solar energy center to serve its 51 member utilities and their customers across Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Iowa.

The companies’ news release (link below) indicates the project will create 150 to 200 jobs during the six- to nine-month construction period.

WPPI Energy is a regional, nonprofit power company serving 51 locally owned utility companies, including Algoma Utilities. NextEra Energy describes itself as “the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. The business operates clean, emissions-free nuclear power generation facilities in New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin as part of the NextEra Energy nuclear fleet, which is one of the largest in the United States.”

via WPPI news release