A proposed solar farm on 1,400 acres in the town of Paris was on display March 5 when the engineering report reached the state Department of Natural Resources.
The report provided a view of how the project would look. Up to 700,000 solar panels would tilt and track the sun’s path across the sky. It would generate up to 300 megawatts of direct-current electricity.
Plans estimate construction by Invenergy LLC to begin in fall and be completed by mid-2021.
It is another sizable investment in renewable energy. Like wind power, which produces four times as much power as solar, and hydroelectric power, the three generate almost 10 percent of Wisconsin’s energy needs.
The proposed farm, at 300 megawatts, could power nearly every housing unit in Kenosha County.
The Census 2017 estimate lists 70,574 housing units in the county. This proposal could generate enough electricity to power 67,000 homes, says a Wisconsin Public Service report.
Today less than one percent of the state’s power grid is fueled by solar. Currently, there are very few solar farms in Wisconsin. Climate data shows Wisconsin has 190 days a year of sunny or partly sunny skies, so it is doable.
Renewable energy sources won’t overtake fossil fuels, but with the current state grants and rebates, they could grow, in short order, to generate 20 or more percent of our state’s electrical power.
It’s a goal to aggressively pursue.