NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc., has announced plans to build a 100 MW solar project next to its existing nuclear power plant in Wisconsin. The company says the solar facility will be among the state’s largest, with a capacity to serve more than 23,000 people.
The Point Beach Solar Energy Center is a partnership with WPPI Energy, which has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement to buy the solar project’s electricity to serve its 51 member utilities and their customers across Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Iowa.
“This solar energy center adds diversity to WPPI Energy’s power supply portfolio in a way that’s more cost-effective than other opportunities currently available to us,” comments Mike Peters, president and CEO of WPPI Energy. “In addition, WPPI Energy has achieved significant emissions reductions over the past 10 years, and the clean, renewable energy generated by this project will help us continue that effort.”
“We are pleased to partner with WPPI Energy to bring the largest universal solar energy center to Wisconsin,” says Mike O’Sullivan, senior vice president of development for NextEra Energy Resources. “This energy center will harness the state’s own sunshine to create clean, renewable energy, as well as good-paying jobs and increased tax revenue for the state and local community.”
NextEra Energy Resources plans to build and operate the Point Beach Solar Energy Center on land adjacent to its existing Point Beach Nuclear Plant in Two Rivers, Wis. The project is expected to create between 150 and 200 jobs during its construction period, and it is scheduled to come online in 2021.