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