Solar at Dairyland Power
United We Shine
The addition of 18 new utility solar arrays in 2016-18 with total generation capacity of 25 megawatts (MW) is a shining example of working collaboratively to align business decisions with Dairyland's Sustainable Generation Plan of resource diversification. Many of Dairyland's solar facilities within its service territory include a community solar project for the host member distribution cooperative. Community solar provides an opportunity for people to receive credit for solar generation without worrying about maintenance or siting of their own array. It makes solar available to homeowners, renters and anyone with a desire to invest in local, renewable energy. All of Dairyland's solar sites will also feature pollinator gardens to help sustain bee and butterfly populations. Native grasses and flowering forbs create the gardens.
In 2019, Dairyland announced a power purchase agreement with Ranger Power for Badger State Solar - a proposed 149-megawatt (MW) array to be located on the land of participating private landowners in the Towns of Jefferson and Oakland in Jefferson County, Wis. The Badger State Solar Project will generate enough renewable energy to power more than 20,000 homes. Pollinator habitat is also planned for the site. If approved, construction of Badger State Solar should begin in 2020 with commercial operation commencing in 2022. (click here for the full press release)
The table below highlights Dairyland's solar investments that are currently online and generating power. Dairyland also purchases energy from major solar installations in Westby, Wis. (Vernon Electric Cooperative); Oronoco, Minn. (People's Energy Cooperative) and Galena, Ill.
|Albert Lea||Freeborn-Mower||1.5 MW||MN|
|Arcadia||Riverland Energy||1 MW||WI|
|Conrath||Jump River||1 MW||WI|
|Hallie||Eau Claire Energy||1 MW||WI|
|Liberty Pole||Vernon||1 MW||WI|
|Menomonie||Dunn Energy||1 MW||WI|
|Mount Hope||Scenic Rivers||1 MW||WI|
|New Auburn||Chippewa Valley||1 MW||WI|
|Roberts||St. Croix||2.2 MW||WI|
|Strawberry Point||Allamakee-Clayton||1.3 MW||IA|
Dairyland also supports 16 member cooperative community solar installations. In addition, there are 700 consumer-owned distributed generation solar installations located in Dairyland's four-state service area.