Solar energy center to boost supply

At a glance: WPPI Energy and NextEra Energy Resources recently announced plans to build a 100 megawatt solar energy center — Wisconsin’s largest — with a capacity to serve more than 23,000 people with affordable, clean energy.

GLADSTONE — Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association will meet more of its customers’ electricity needs with power harnessed from the sun thanks to a recently announced agreement between Alger Delta’s not-for-profit power supplier, WPPI Energy, and NextEra Energy Resources.

WPPI Energy and NextEra Energy Resources recently announced plans to build a 100 megawatt solar energy center — Wisconsin’s largest — with a capacity to serve more than 23,000 people with affordable, clean energy.

“This solar energy center adds diversity to help us meet WPPI Energy member utilities’ long-term needs in a way that’s more cost-effective than other opportunities currently available to us,” said Mike Peters, president and CEO of WPPI Energy. “In addition, our membership has achieved significant emission reductions over the past 10 years, and the clean, renewable energy generated by this project will help us continue that effort.”

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 scheduled to come online in 2021.WPPI Energy has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement to buy the electricity from the solar energy center to serve its 51 member utilities across Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Iowa, including Alger Delta.

“We are pleased that the addition of this major power supply resource complements Alger Delta’s commitment to serving our community as cost-effectively as possible and will help us continue reducing our emissions,” said Tom Harrell, Alger Delta’s CEO. “The timing of this deal could not be better for Alger Delta and its members. The energy bills passed at the end of the last legislative session call for increased reliance on renewables, among other things. Securing 100 megawatts of solar energy through WPPI helps us meet those goals while keeping energy clean, reliable, and affordable. What a great thing for our members and for the U.P.” Harrell added.