(WFRV) – The Wisconsin Utility (WPS) celebrates two solar milestones in December. The milestones they say are pretty important.
These important moments come from two solar farms – Badger Hollow Solar Park and Two Creeks Solar Park, according to a statement.
The Two Creeks Solar Farm in Manitowoc County is the first large-scale solar installation in state history and it recently marked its first year of service – which WPS officials say has brought significant benefits. pretty impressive statistics.
As of November 2020, WPS members claim that the 150 megawatt facility has produced enough power to:
- Power over 64 million smartphones for one year.
- Operate over 515,000 refrigerators for a year.
- Power over 2,500 home games at Lambeau Field.
The facility also had to contend with harsh weather conditions last year. WPS officials say the Two Creek solar farm has remained reliable despite several inches of snow, extremely cold temperatures, humid summer days and destructive thunderstorms.
On the other panel, WPS officials said they recently launched the first phase of the Badger Hollow solar farm in Iowa County and now powers homes statewide, doubling the amount of solar power supplied to WPS customers.
The first phase is apparently capable of producing 150 megawatts of solar power, which WPS staff say equates to the power of 45,000 homes.
Badger Hollow also includes nearly 500,000 state-of-the-art panels that capture solar energy from both sides, as well as a tracking system that rotates the panels to follow the path of the sun.
By the way: WPS and Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) both own the Two Creeks solar farm and the first phase of the Badger Hollow solar farm, so the power produced serves customers of both companies.
Officials say the two solar installations are important in helping to reduce carbon emissions, a goal of WPS and its parent company, WEC Energy Group.
WEC members say its goal is to cut carbon emissions by 80% by the end of 2030 and make its power generation fleet carbon neutral by 2050.
The company also announced its intention to stop using coal as a fuel source by 2035.