Half Moon Ventures breaks ground on Wisconsin solar energy project

Half Moon Ventures broke ground on a utility scale solar energy project in the city of Jefferson, Wisconsin.

HMV awarded S&C Electric Co. with the engineering, procurement and construction contract to construct the project, which is expected to enter into service by the end of the year.

The solar energy facility will be tied to the power grid and will help meet Wisconsin’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal of 10 percent of power coming from renewable energy sources by 2015.

The project will be located in the business park in the city of Jefferson. HMV has contracted with WPPI Energy to purchase the output from the project. WPPI Energy is the wholesale power supplier serving the community’s municipally owned utility, Jefferson Utilities, as well as 50 other locally owned, not-for-profit utilities in Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa.

S&C will take the lead on the project by engineering, procuring and constructing the balance of plant and utility interconnection. To reduce costs and lead times, S&C’s 25-kV System VI Switchgear will be used as the interconnection solution between the solar farm and WPPI’s electrical distribution system. Green Earth Developers LLC is also part of the project team, and will provide preliminary engineering and construction management services.

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013. Once online the solar project will generate more than 1.5 million kilowatt hours of clean energy annually, enough to power approximately 150 Wisconsin homes. HMV intends to use this project as a template for future utility scale solar developments across the state.

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