Jefferson aims to capitalize on location with solar farm

Posted on July 26, 2010. Filed under: Solar |


From an article by in the Wisconsin State Journal:

A 110-acre farm proposed for the north side of Jefferson won’t grow corn, raise chickens or produce milk.

Instead, its harvest will come from the sun.

A Florida company wants to build a $100 million, 20-megawatt solar farm capable of producing enough power for 3,500 homes and generating about $10 million in revenue a year with its 100,000 photovoltaic modules.

Construction on the project, the company’s first, could start this fall and be completed by the fall of 2011 or spring of 2012.

And now the question that begs to be answered: Why Jefferson?

“We see an opportunity where the regulatory environment is very reasonable,” said Jeff Lord, chief executive officer of Green States Energy in Deerfield Beach, Fla. “We are interested in doing more projects in Wisconsin and we’ve been exploring that as well as in other states as well.”

States such as Nevada, California and Arizona have some of the best environments for producing electricity from solar farms but communities and power companies in those states are being inundated with solar proposals, which has slowed development, Lord said. Environmental studies required for the fragile desert ecosystem also have delayed projects.

“It’s very complicated and the process takes a long time,” Lord said. “You add all that up and you have an elongated time line, a lot of red tape and a lot of cost.”

The project, dubbed Jefferson Sun 1, would be built on farmland purchased over the last 15 years by the city for development. The land is just north of the former Briggs & Stratton plant and just south of the Valero Energy Corp. ethanol plant.

Green States would sell power to Sun Prairie-based WPPI Energy, which provides electricity to city-owned Jefferson Utilities, among others. Green States is negotiating a power purchase agreement with WPPI and what could be a 30-year lease agreement with the city for the land. It also needs an inter-connectivity agreement with the city to get power to the city-owned substation and a conditional-use permit from the plan commission. Agreements and city approval are expected by the end of next month, said Tim Freitag, city administrator.

Advertisements

Make a Comment

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

One Response to “Jefferson aims to capitalize on location with solar farm”

RSS Feed for Comments RSS Feed

sounds like a pretty good idea , god only knows how high energy prices will eventually go to !

http://www.sunriseenergynow.com


Where's The Comment Form?

    About

    A statewide nonprofit dedicated to promoting economically and environmentally sustainable energy policies and practices in Wisconsin.

    RSS

    Subscribe Via RSS

    • Subscribe with Bloglines
    • Add your feed to Newsburst from CNET News.com
    • Subscribe in Google Reader
    • Add to My Yahoo!
    • Subscribe in NewsGator Online
    • The latest comments to all posts in RSS

    Meta

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...

%d bloggers like this: