WEC Energy Group proposes 200-MW solar + storage project in Wisconsin

WEC Energy Group proposed plans for a solar + storage project and if approved, the Paris Solar-Battery Park in Kenosha County would be the largest facility of its kind in Wisconsin. The facility features 200 MW of solar generation and 110 MW of battery storage, which can store solar-generated power and discharge it after sunset.

“This project is another concrete example of our commitment to build a bright, sustainable future,” said Tom Metcalfe, president of We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service. “As the largest renewable energy investor in the state, we know the importance of clean energy. Projects like this maintain reliability, deliver significant savings to customers and support the goals of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change.”

The Paris Solar-Battery Park is part of the company’s plans to invest $2 billion in new solar, wind and battery storage projects by 2025. Building these facilities in Wisconsin will create green jobs and help drive the state’s economy.

Clean energy investments, like the Paris project, are a part of the company’s goal to reduce carbon emissions 70% by 2030. The company’s longer-range plan is expected to save utility customers more than $1 billion over the next 20 years.

The company filed the solar + storage project proposal with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. If approved, WEC Energy Group utilities We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service would own 90% of the project and Madison Gas and Electric would own the remainder.

The project is being developed by Invenergy. If approved, construction is expected to begin in 2022 and the project is scheduled to go into service in 2023.

News item from WEC Energy Group

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