The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) approved Wisconsin’s fourth solar farm project on Jan. 30, 2020. Commissioners unanimously approved the 149-megawatt Badger State Solar Farm in Jefferson County, developed by Ranger Power. Badger State will supply electricity to Dairyland Power Cooperative, a Wisconsin-based wholesale energy provider for rural electric cooperatives and municipal electric utilities. The project is estimated to be operational by 2021.
PSCW approved Wisconsin’s first large scale solar projects in April 2019: Badger Hollow Solar, located in Iowa County, and Two Creeks Solar, located in Manitowoc and Kewaunee counties. PSCW also approved in the past year the Point Beach Solar project, located in Manitowoc County.
Altogether the approved projects make up 699 megawatts of solar power production.
Savion, LLC is also working on obtaining a Certificate of Public Convenience & Necessity for a solar farm in Wood County, which it is hoping PSCW will approve in March. PSCW is expected to receive more applications for projects in Grant and Kenosha counties this spring.