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Polk-Burnett to develop SunTuria Solar, area's first utility-scale solar

SunTuria Solar sign

Polk-Burnett is excited to partner with Dairyland Power Cooperative, our wholesale power provider, to bring the first utility-scale solar to Polk County.

 

  • The 10-acre SunTuria Solar array will be constructed behind Polk-Burnett’s Centuria office in 2017.
  • The array will generate 1.25 MW of solar energy, enough to power about 200 homes.
  • Dairyland will purchase 1 MW of solar output and Polk-Burnett will purchase the additional .25 MW.
  • SunTuria Solar will be built, owned and operated by SoCore Energy, a Chicago solar developer, on land leased from Polk-Burnett.
  • *Solar output will feed into Polk Burnett's distribution system to benefit all co-op members.
  • As a side benefit, the ground under the array will be restored as prairie to reduce soil erosion and provide habitat for bees and butterflies.
  • SunTuria Solar is part of a plan by Dairyland Power Cooperative to double the amount of solar generation in Wisconsin.

 

"We are excited to develop local solar for our membership," said Polk-Burnett General Manager Steve Stroshane. "Our SunTuria Solar project will provide clean, renewable energy at a fixed rate, replacing electricity from fossil fuel sources and providing long-term, stable energy prices."

 

 

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