Georgetown solar was energized in December 2023 and officially dedicated in May 2024.

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Georgetown Solar, energy to benefit local members of Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op

"Georgetown Solar benefits the members of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative by generating power locally," said Polk-Burnett General Manager Steve Stroshane. "It not only adds clean energy to the grid, but it also provides financial and operational benefits. Operationally, it helps us relieve high summer demand at nearby Bunyan Substation. Financially, it helps us become less reliant on the energy market and provides a stable power supply cost for the next 25 years. Georgetown Solar fulfills our mission of providing safe, reliable electricity at an affordable cost for our members."

Georgetown Solar is a 12-acre solar array outside Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. The array began generating power in December 2023. Solar energy feeds into the electric distribution system to benefit members of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative.

Polk-Burnett partnered with OneEnergy Renewables to develop Georgetown Solar. The Madison-based company has expertise in site development, engineering, equipment purchasing, construction and operations. The timing of Georgetown Solar construction was coordinated with other co-op solar projects across Wisconsin to get a better price and return on investment for members.

The 2 MW solar array generates about 4.3 million kWh of electricity annually, enough to power 430 homes. Polk-Burnett purchases solar energy output from the array at a fixed rate for 25 years.

Georgetown Solar is located next to the Bunyan Substation, at the intersection of Cty Rd I and H in the Town of Georgetown, Polk County. This site was selected to help meet high summer demand at the Bunyan Substation. The array has 4,472 panels that operate on a tracking system to follow the path of the sun for maximum power generation.

The ground under the array is being restored with pasture, prairie grasses and wildflowers, providing habitat for pollinators and healthy root systems to prevent soil erosion from wind and rain.

“Co-op solar arrays are dual-purpose spaces that provide energy for members, as well as acres of important ecosystems,” said Stroshane.

Georgetown Solar is the second utility scale solar array in Polk-Burnett’s service territory. The first, SunTuria Solar, was dedicated in 2017 behind the co-op office in Centuria. The 1.25 MW array generates power for about 200 homes. It is owned and operated by ENGIE North American, and the co-op purchases the solar energy output. School and community groups are invited for tours