TWO CREEKS, Wis. (WBAY) – Landowners joined state and local leaders at the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning to celebrate the state’s latest large-scale solar power project, Point Beach Solar Energy Center in the town of Two Creeks.
The facility aims to make Wisconsin more sustainable and greener.
“It’s important to the state of Wisconsin. It is important for our economy to turn to clean energy for the children who will be raised in this country, raised in this state and raised in these neighborhoods, ”said Preston Cole, Wisconsin DNR secretary.
WPPI Energy, a wholesale energy supplier to Two Rivers, and NextEra Energy Resources, the world’s largest producer of wind and solar power, have teamed up to create the Point Beach Solar Energy Center, a project that has been underway since 2017.
“This project will generate almost $ 8 million over 20 years for Manitowoc County. These are dollars for schools, roads, public works projects. Additionally, this project has created over 200 construction jobs in those 10 months over the past year, ”said Jeff Bryce, Senior Project Manager, NextEra Energy Resources.
Construction was completed last week. The solar power center and is now fully operational.
“The City of Deux-Rivières is proud to be part of it. We have seen significant economic benefits during construction. These white contractor vans were everywhere in town. In a pandemic year, we set a record room tax revenue last year, ”said Greg Buckley, City Manager of Two Rivers.
The project includes 315,000 solar panels that convert the sun’s energy into electricity, with the capacity to generate 100 megawatts of electricity.
“This facility is just up the road from Two Rivers. We are already proud of the role many of our local residents play in providing approximately one sixth of the state’s electric power here at the Point Beach Nuclear Generating Station, and now this addition of the 100 megawatts of generating capacity to “Solar power only adds to the importance of Northern Manitowoc County in meeting Wisconsin’s energy needs,” Buckley said.
The addition of energy means that WPPI Energy memberships are on track for a 45% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2025, compared to 2005.
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