CMS-owned solar farm begins operations in Wisconsin

A 3.4-MW solar farm that was created by a public-private partnership has begun commercial operations to provide renewable power in northern Wisconsin.

The Flambeau Solar Project will produce approximately 5,000 MWh in its first year of operation, enough to power more than 600 homes and offering the environmental equivalent of taking more than 700 cars off the road annually, according to the companies. Flambeau is a joint effort of groSolar, CMS Energy, Dairyland Power Cooperative and Price Electric Cooperative.

“CMS Energy is pleased to support the development of new solar energy in the midwest,” said Richard Mukhtar, executive manager of CMS Enterprises for CMS Energy, which owns the Flambeau Solar project. “We look forward to seeing this solar power plant create energy that will power homes reliably and sustainably.”

The Flambeau project is part of a public-private partnership which will serve the Price and Dairyland systems in Price County,

“The Flambeau project is an excellent example of a public-private partnership that is delivering clean, renewable, low cost energy,” said Myles Burnsed, groSolar Vice President of Business Development, who led the origination and development of this project.

A project dedication, hosted by groSolar, will be held on Thursday.

CMS Energy is a Michigan-based company that owns and operates independent power generation businesses through CMS Enterprises and has an electric and natural gas utility, Consumers Energy.

Headquartered in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Dairyland provides the wholesale power for 24 distribution cooperatives and 17 municipal utilities which altogether serve more than 500,000 customers in a four-state service area.

Price Electric Cooperative is an electric power distribution cooperative headquartered in Phillips, Wisconsin. It supplies electric services to 9,118 member-owners at rural properties in its nine-county service area.

groSolar is a developer and turnkey solar engineering, procurement, and construction firm serving the 500kw to 30 MW market. The company has more than 2,200 installations across North America and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF Renewable Energy.

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