WEC Energy Group said Thursday that regulators in Wisconsin have approved its planned purchase of a large solar and battery project in Kenosha County.
Known as the Paris Solar-Battery Park, the project is located on about 1,500 acres in the Town of Paris in Kenosha County.
We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service, both of which are utilities owned by WEC Energy Group, will own 90% of the project.
MGE Energy’s utility subsidiary, Madison Gas and Electric, will own the other 10%.
The project will be “the first large scale solar and battery project in Wisconsin history,” according to a WEC Energey statement.
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The Paris Solar-Battery Park will have up to 750,000 solar panels, said WEC spokesman Brendan Conway, in a statement.
The project features 200 megawatts of solar generation capacity — which is enough to power about 60,000 homes.
The battery portion of the project will feature 110 megawatts of battery storage — which can store solar-generated power and discharge it when the sun goes down, Conway said.
The cost of the Paris Solar-Battery Park is estimated at $400 million.
“We appreciate the Commission and staff’s thorough review and the Commission’s approval of this historic project,” said Scott Lauber, WEC Energy Group president and CEO, in the statement. “Combining utility scale solar with battery storage will allow us to extend the benefits of renewable energy and provide our customers ‘sunshine after sunset.’”
The project is part of WEC Energy Group’s “commitment to invest $3.5 billion in renewable energy projects in the coming years,” Lauber said in the statement.
Construction of the Paris Solar-Battery Park is scheduled to start in 2022, the project is expected to go into service in 2023.
WEC Energy Group, based in Milwaukee, serves 4.6 million customers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.
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