Wisconsin’s newest large solar energy project in Manitowoc County

TWO CREEKS, Wisconsin (WBAY) – Landowners joined local and state leaders in the cutting ceremony Thursday morning to celebrate the state’s newest major solar energy project, the Point Beach Solar Energy Center in the town of Two Creeks.

The facility aims to make Wisconsin more sustainable and greener.

“This is important to the state of Wisconsin. It is important for our economy to seek clean energy for the children who grow up in this country, grow up in this state, and grow up in these neighborhoods, ”said Preston Cole, DNR secretary of Wisconsin.

WPPI Energy, the utility company of Two Rivers, and NextEra Energy Resources, the world’s largest manufacturer of wind and solar energy, have teamed up to create the Point Beach Solar Energy Center, a project that has been in the works since 2017.

“This project will earn nearly $ 8 million in Manitowoc County over 20 years. That’s dollars for schools, roads, public works. In addition, this project created over 200 construction jobs in those 10 months last year, ”said Jeff Bryce, senior project manager, NextEra Energy Resources.

Construction was completed last week. The solar energy center and is now fully functional.

“City of Two Rivers is proud to be part of it. We saw significant economic benefits during construction. Those white contractor pickup trucks were all over town. In a pandemic year, we set a record for room tax revenue last year, ”said Greg Buckley, City Manager of Two Rivers.

The project includes 315,000 solar panels that convert solar energy into electricity, with a capacity of 100 megawatts of electricity.

“This facility is just up the street from Two Rivers. We pride ourselves on the role many of our residents play in providing about one-sixth of the state’s electrical energy here at the Point Beach Nuclear Power Plant of Northern Manitowoc County in meeting Wisconsin’s energy needs, “said Buckley.

The addition of energy means WPPI Energy memberships are well on their way to reducing carbon emissions by 45% by 2025 compared to 2005.

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