MILWAUKEE, Feb. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- WEC Energy Group
(NYSE: WEC) today proposed plans for a new 310-megawatt (MW) solar
and battery storage project. If approved, the Paris Solar-Battery
Park in Kenosha County would be
the largest facility of its kind in Wisconsin.
The facility features 200 MW of solar generation — which is
equal to powering 60,000 homes, and 110 MW of battery storage —
which can store solar-generated power and discharge it when the sun
goes down, providing customers with "sunshine after sunset."
"This project is another concrete example of our commitment to
build a bright, sustainable future," said Tom Metcalfe, president — We Energies and
Wisconsin Public Service. "As the largest renewable energy investor
in the state, we know the importance of clean energy. Projects like
this maintain reliability, deliver significant savings to customers
and support the goals of the Governor's Task Force on Climate
The Paris Solar-Battery Park is part of the company's plans to
invest $2 billion in new solar, wind
and battery storage projects by 2025. Building these facilities in
Wisconsin will create green jobs
and help drive the state's economy.
Clean energy investments, like the Paris project, are an important part of the
company's goal to reduce carbon emissions 70 percent by 2030. The
company's longer-range plan is expected to save utility customers
more than $1 billion over the next 20
The company filed the battery and solar storage proposal today
with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. If approved, WEC Energy Group
utilities We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service, would own 90
percent of the project. Madison Gas and Electric would own the
other 10 percent.
The project is being developed by Invenergy. If approved,
construction is expected to begin in 2022 and the project is
scheduled to go into service in 2023.
WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC), based in Milwaukee, is one of the nation's premier
energy companies, serving 4.6 million customers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.
The company's principal utilities are We Energies, Wisconsin
Public Service, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, Michigan Gas
Utilities, Minnesota Energy Resources and Upper Michigan Energy
Resources. Another major subsidiary, We Power, designs, builds and
owns electric generating plants. In addition, WEC Infrastructure
LLC owns a growing fleet of renewable generation facilities in the
WEC Energy Group (wecenergygroup.com) is a Fortune 500
company and a component of the S&P 500. The company has
approximately 42,000 stockholders of record, 7,500 employees and
$37 billion of assets.
SOURCE WEC Energy Group